Motorcycle Rider, 13, Dies After Indianapolis Crash
I don't want to question or condemn the parents of this child, they are living a Hell I hope to never live. Further I ask anyone commenting to be respectful of this.
The question I wonder though is, what is too young for a child to participate in a dangerous activity?
Most of us grew up in a different time and we did things as a kid I would not let my children do now. I remember running one of my dad's snowmobiles at 85 mph on a country road up north, the same snowmobile and same road my dad later crashed nearly killing him. I can remember being in the middle of a wide and deep river in the winter and having the ice crack. I was on the same river in the summer crossing a train bridge above a dam when a train started coming.
We all did stupid stuff but it seems we know so much more about safety and trauma now.
So this is the question: where is the line between over-protecting our kids and using the knowledge we have now wisely and working to keep our kids safe?
Kids always played football but through advances in training kids are bigger and hit harder now, is this more dangerous?
Girls have always been cheerleaders but it is now a sport and they are pushing the limits to do more and more dangerous things, cheerleading is now the most dangerous high school sport.
Kids are doing sports we didn't even have, rock climbing, extreme bicycling, extreme skateboarding, jet skis, snowboarding, etc.
Is there a line and if there is, where is it?