Do You Let Your Kids Ride ATVs?
Good news! A new study shows that fewer children are getting hurt while riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)... but how many parents really let their kids go off-roading anyway?
According to Ruth Shults, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the number of U.S. children injured while riding ATVs has fallen since 2004.
The study arrived at this conclusion after analyzing information from a U.S. injury surveillance system, which tracks emergency visits to a nationally-representative group of about 66 hospitals. The data showed that the number of injuries went from 50 in 100,000 children in 2001 to 42 in 100,000 by 2010.
Researchers said it's not clear if that trend is due to fewer kids riding ATVs in the first place (possibly due to economic reasons)... or to better safety practices, such as helmet use.
But maybe, just maybe, it's because less parents think that riding a four-wheeled vehicle through the woods is a safe after-school activity.
We think it's worth noting that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under the age of 16 refrain from driving ATVs.
What do you think? Would you let your children go four-wheeling?