Anyone can get injured whilst riding a scooter, bicycle or skateboard but younger children are at higher risk because they may perhaps lack the skills or strength for safe riding, as well as the ability to judge dangers near roads, traffic or pedestrians.
Keep your little Hero safe by ensuring they are always wearing their helmet.
Read below for important tips on:
How parents can encourage helmet use.
How parents should fit their childs helmet.
How parents can check their childs helmet.
How with your help, Helmet Heroes is helping less fortunte children.
Many parents struggle to get their child to wear a helmet. The important thing is: if your child kicks up a fuss or refuses to put one on – find out why – it is often becaure children think helmets are not cool or are comfortable or are too hot to wear.
It is important you talk to your child about these concerns so that you can help them choose a helmet they will want to wear. Therefore the following tips can encourage your child to wear a helmet:
Teach your child to be a Helmet Hero from a young age. Have you just bought their first 3 wheeler or balance bike? Start now. It will be easier for them (and for you!) if they’ve been doing it since the beginning.
Set a good example as a parent and always wear your helmet. No more “.. but you’ve not got one!” arguement. Make it a fun and be their Helmet Hero sidekick!
Get into the habit of wearing a helmet every time you ride – even if its just playing in the back garden or on the drive-way. The two things always go together.
If your child sees their friends or family wearing a helmet, they’ll of course be more keen too. Talk to other parents about it and grandma and grandad!
Let your child pick their own helmet. If they’ve chosen their own colour or design or decorated it themselves, they’ll want to wear it more (and show it off!)
Before you start – make sure your helmet is certified – meaning that it’s up to the job of protecting your little Hero. After that, you want to make sure the helmet is the right size and fitted correctly. Here are some tips: