KEEPING KIDS SAFE ON THE JOB, AND THAT JOB IS PLAY (P. 2)
December 1, 2011
We are picking up where our last post left off in our discussion of safe toys. Some of us will be in a big hurry when we shop for our kids’ Christmas presents, but that’s no reason to throw caution to the wind. A BB gun is a dangerous toy, no matter how much your child wants it. The hunt for the perfect toy should also be a hunt for the perfectly safe toy.
If you’re shopping for your own child, you’ll probably have a good idea of his or her skill level. If you don’t know the child well, stick with the age range on the package — as we said in our last post, it’s there for a reason, so don’t try to second guess it. If the child is 5, say, but a young 5, the parent will be able to decide if the toy is too advanced.
Next, look for well-made toys. Check with other parents and kids to see if a toy on your child’s wish list will last more than an hour. Run a quick web search to find customer and safety council ratings. You want toys that will last, but, more importantly, you want toys that won’t break — creating an unanticipated choking hazard or a sharp edge that can do some real damage to a child and his environs.
Finally, watch your child play with the new toy — or, better yet, play with your child and his new toy. You’ll be able to tell if the toy is dangerous or just too advanced for your child, and you’ll have fun.
And that’s what the holidays are all about.
Source: USA Today, “Choose toys wisely for safe holiday play,” Darla Carter, Dec. 2, 2011