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Skating and skateboarding helps kids develop balance and strength as well as judgment and skill in avoiding obstacles. They’re going to fall for sure, but if you take a few precautions, they’ll get right back up again and keep trying. And isn’t that what being a kid is all about?
Top Safety Tips
- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children under 5 should never ride a skateboard. This might seem overly protective, but a child’s balance and judgment have not fully developed yet, which means a high risk for a serious injury.
- Every skater should wear a helmet. Wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads are a good idea for everyone, but especially for beginners. Mouth guards are good protection against broken teeth.
- Buy skates that truly fit in order to make learning easier and safer for your child.
- Limit skating to bike paths or areas set aside in public parks. Kids should ride on smooth, dry surfaces located in a well-lit area and avoid areas near traffic. Streets should be off-limits, as most in-line skating fatalities involve collisions with motor vehicles.