Perfect Comic!

And we wonder why so many kids sit home instead of frolicking outside. Check out this Rose is Rose comic by Don Wimmer (created by Pat Brady):

Thanks to Philip Robert, who runs a kind of folksy blog, for sending it to Free-Range Kids!

15 Responses to Perfect Comic!

  1. Mario July 16, 2009 at 3:18 am #

    That is funny
    I bet this scenario has played out on a real beach more than once

    ooh and dont forget the pervs hiding beneath the wvaes just out of reach

  2. Aaron July 16, 2009 at 3:39 am #

    We can only hope something like this changes minds.

  3. Nicola July 16, 2009 at 4:20 am #

    We can hope, Aaron. 🙁

  4. Aliza G July 16, 2009 at 9:08 am #

    I saw this today in the paper and remember turning the page while I was thinking, “how stupid, I can definitely see that happening though”.

  5. Jeanette July 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    What I found so funny about this cartoon was that it ran a few days after this story “broke” on the news in New York:

    “ScienceDaily (July 10, 2009) — Children and adults who build castles and dig in the sand at the beach are at greater risk of developing gastrointestinal diseases and diarrhea than people who only walk on the shore or swim in the surf, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    People who playfully bury their bodies in the sand are at even greater risk, according to the study published online recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology. It also shows children, who are more likely than adults to play with and possibly get sand in their mouths, stand the greatest chance of becoming ill after a day at the beach.

    “Beach sand can contain indicators of fecal contamination, but we haven’t understood what that means for people playing in the sand,” said Chris Heaney, Ph.D., a postdoctoral epidemiology student at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and lead author of the study. “This is one of the first studies to show an association between specific sand contact activities and illnesses.”

    The study is based on interviews with more than 27,000 people who visited seven freshwater and marine beaches in the agency’s National Epidemiological and Environmental Assessment of Recreational Water Study (NEEAR) between 2003 and 2005 as well as in 2007. All beaches in the study had sewage treatment plant discharges within seven miles, although the source of sand pollution was unknown and could have included urban runoff as well as wild and domestic animal contamination. Water quality at the beaches was within acceptable limits, Heaney said.

    “We have known for some time that swimming in waters polluted by fecal contamination can result in illness, but few previous studies have focused on sand,” said Tim Wade, Ph.D., an EPA epidemiologist and the study’s senior author. “People should not be discouraged from enjoying sand at the beach, but should take care to use a hand sanitizer or wash their hands after playing in the sand.”

    People were asked about their contact with sand on the day they visited the beach (digging in the sand or whether they were buried in it). Then, 10 to 12 days later, participants were telephoned and asked questions about any health symptoms they had experienced since the visit.

    Researchers found evidence of gastrointestinal illnesses, upper respiratory illnesses, rash, eye ailments, earache and infected cuts. Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illnesses were more common in about 13 percent of people who reported digging in sand, and in about 23 percent of those who reported being buried in sand.

    “A lot of people spend time at the beach, especially in the summer,” Heaney said. “And while we found that only a small percentage of people who played at the beach became ill later – less than 10 percent in any age group, for any amount of exposure – it’s important to look at the situation more closely. If we find evidence that shows exposure to sand really does lead to illness, then we can look for the sources of contamination and minimize it. That will make a day at the beach a little less risky.”

  6. crossgirl July 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    She forgot to mention shells that may cut your feet, stingrays and jellyfish. Oh the terror of it all!!

  7. Douglas John Bowen July 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Comments under the cartoon caption questioned the mom’s own exposure levels (no beach umbrella). This also applies to winter (and, in my gender-biased observation, with mothers more than dads, though both are represented) when parents insist their children wear headgear to protect them from exposure. Great, great idea, and I’m with them — except that they lecture their children while going without comparable protection themselves.

    This is flat-out hypocritical, and the excuses offered this dad — “it’ll mess my hair” — don’t wash. If it’s good for your kid, it behooves you to set an example, not play “do as I say, not as I do.”

    But I try to raise my own kid as a free-range one, so my approach is:
    Carry a hat, and put it on if/when you’re cold. But HAVE that hat (and/or gloves); don’t be caught without an option. My kid likes to test his cold tolerance, but I can say with pride and honesty that he’ll sometimes simply mutter, “getting cold,” and proceed to don the necessary gear. (By then, I usually have my hat and/or gloves on for some time.)

    The same goes for the beach or other summer outdoors spots. If the kid has to prepare and protect, so should the adults in some comparable form. Mother Nature seldom discriminates by age; in fact, sometimes the kids are more resilient to a given situation, not less.

  8. Dave July 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    Again llets get alarmed over nothing. Less then 10% of people get sick at the beach. And how do we remove fecal contamination? Do we remove all fish from the ocean? Just wondering.

  9. BMS July 17, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    I have a neighbor like this. She frets about having her daughter outside on sunny days (even with sunscreen and a hat). Can’t be outside in the evening – might get a mosquito bite. Can’t be outside in the rain – it might thunder! The mom has allowed herself to be so afraid of all the whatifs that there is almost no situation under which she feels safe letting her daughter go outside the house. It’s really sad.

  10. Uly July 17, 2009 at 1:24 am #

    Dave, I think the easy solution to remove fecal contamination has nothing to do with fish and everything to do with human sewage and garbage facilities.

  11. Scott July 17, 2009 at 2:09 am #

    The image itself, when clicked, points the browser to http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/rose_is_rose/2009-07-15/ (which gives a 404 error) instead of to http://comics.com/rose_is_rose/2009-07-15/ like the link (which works).

  12. ebohlman July 17, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    Dave, Jeanette and Uly: The report Jeanette posted was actually a good example of sensibility over sensationalism. The authors pointed out that the dangers weren’t all that great, that they could be mitigated by simple common-sense measures, and that the ultimate solution involved controlling the contamination rather than staying away from it. I’m sure some news outlets lost that in their presentation and implied that SAND IS DANGEROUS OMG!!!, but the actual tone of the press release was refreshing.

  13. Uly July 17, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Ebohlman, I never said that it wasn’t a sensible press release.

  14. Jeanette July 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    The funniest / saddest part of this article was how it was presented on the news that evening. There were countless ‘teasers’ of “New Health Risk on the Beach for your children” with the requisite picture of a child sitting in the sand looking into a bucket.
    When I saw the actual story I laughed out loud and played it for my 12 year old. Her comment regarding the reporter’s claim that children were more prone to these gastrointestinal illnesses because they tend to put things in their mouths was “Well Duh! Put a handful of sand in your mouth, get a belly-ache. Film at 11”

  15. car review September 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    I saw this today in the paper and remember turning the page while I was thinking, “how stupid, I can definitely see that happening though”.