Readers — If you wonder why kids aren’t outside as much anymore, maybe it’s time to consider all the helpful safety tips we get. Here are some from the New Jersey’s Star Ledger’s “46 Ways to Have a Safer NJ Summer.” (For more, see my piece at Reason.)
“If you see a bear while out hiking, do not feed or approach it.” Aw, gee — not even if it’s one of those cute cubs, out with its mama?
“Avoid forests.” Swear to God, the list says to avoid God’s gift. After all, you could get ticks.
“Don’t dig too deep.” Because once, in 2012, a child smothered in a sand tunnel, you should worry about every hole your kids dig from now on.
“Supervise children on playgrounds. Adults should always [boldface, mine] be nearby when children are on playgrounds. When kids are playing on the equipment, they can sometimes stumble or become off balance for a moment….If parents are nearby, they can catch the child before they fall and possibly injure themselves.”
Here’s my longer piece. – L.