A minute from tragedy! Are we failing to protect our kids?

MT LOFTY resident Meryl Jameson says she has witnessed many cases of child neglect in Toowoomba's parks and playgrounds lately.

She doesn't believe in wrapping children in cotton wool, but says their safety is being compromised.

So concerned by the way some children have been neglected, she has been forced to keep a watch on them to keep them safe.

Here is what she had to say:

"We spend a lot of time with our youngest granddaughter in parks and play areas and I'm amazed at the lack of supervision by parents.

Small children and toddlers have to be supervised near water and play areas, also in shopping trolleys, it only takes a minute for a tragedy to happen and a lifetime of regrets

"I don't believe for one minute we should wrap our kids in cotton wool, but on safety issues, that's a different story.

"On a visit recently to Lake Annand we were near the play area and a toddler was running down towards the lake, where was his mum, under the tree texting, we ran down and prevented him from a possible drowning, the mum still texting made her way down to tell him how naughty he was (at that age he would not have understood).

"More and more we see mums sitting back chatting or on phones and there very small children are climbing slippery sides and falling, do we ignore it and hope the kids don't get seriously hurt?

"As these mums do not interact with their children I find we seem to be the ones supervising.

"Children need independence and the ability to build up confidence, but these are toddlers and need supervision.

"My daughter is also finding when she takes her daughter to parks and indoor play areas she seems to be looking out for the other mums' kids while they make little effort to check on their kids, preferring to chat.

How much supervision do children need at parks and playrounds?

This poll ended on 11 July 2013.

Current Results

Let them run wild.

1%

They need some independence and to learn from their mistakes

15%

Watch them, but give them space

66%

Stay close and alert. Danger lurks around every corner!

17%

Wrap them in cotton wool!

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"One very small toddler got caught under the balls in a play area and had to be pulled out. The parents were not aware of what had happened.

"Small children and toddlers have to be supervised near water and play areas, also in shopping trolleys, it only takes a minute for a tragedy to happen and a lifetime of regrets."



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