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Category archive: Safety

Monday June 02 2008

Celebrating is dangerous:

Students celebrating graduation have been told they can’t follow the tradition of throwing their hats in the air because someone may get hurt.

Anglia Ruskin University, which has campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford, Essex, said the corner of the mortar board may hit someone as it falls.

So, how many people actually have been hurt during such celebrations?  The university says that such behaviour “can” cause injury.  But how often has it actually done so?  And when it has, frankly, so what?

Tuesday January 29 2008

Scott Wickstein, at Samizdata, quotes from a CBS news report about how the early episodes of Sesame Street now come with a safety warning:

What parent today would want their child to see kids running through a construction site or jumping on an old box spring? Scenes like the ones included on the new DVD would probably not make it into today’s program now.

“We wouldn’t have children on the set riding without a bicycle helmet,” Rollins Westin says.

And what’s that little girl doing with that man?

“In the very first episode, Gordon takes a little girl’s hand who he’s just met on the street, befriends her and takes her into his home to give her ice cream,” Rollins Westin said. “That’s something we wouldn’t do on the show today.”

When I grew up, the Victorians were derided for being obsessed with sex and with protecting everyone against it.  Now, the equivalent danger that the equivalent generation obsesses about is just ... danger, having sex without a condom being included in the big snake-basket of danger along with riding a bicycle without a helmet.  “Unsafe” is the new naughty.

Plus, also on Samizdata, this, about bossing young people around even after the age of eighteen.

Thursday January 10 2008

Ted Tulley tells us of 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do, and Donald Clark lists them for those who don’t care for videos: play with fire, own a pocket knife, throw a spear, deconstruct appliances, drive a car.  Thank you Bishop Hill, where you can read the list and watch the video.

Tuesday December 18 2007

Indeed.  Mostly when I link to something from here I am tempted to copy a bit of it, and then a bit more because that’s interesting too, and then to say what I think, and what started out as a posting as short as this one extends another screensworth or more downwards.  But this time, my title pretty much says it all.  Why does Boris think this?  For the same reasons everyone else who thinks this thinks this.