Wednesday, August 22, 2007

From the Ministry of Silly Walks

Hey looky here, the moronic (just an opinion) bureaucrats who annually come out with statements saying you shouldn't co-sleep with your kids have moved to another department...

The Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine have teamed together to offer the following nugget sure to be ignored the world over... trampolines should not be used in homes or in playgrounds.

“Trampolines are not a safe recreational activity for children and youth. They should not be used as play equipment in playgrounds, at home or at the cottage,” says Toronto pediatrician Dr. John Philpott, co-author of the statement. Apparently, trampoline injuries are on the rise, and the majority of them affect children and youth. “Even with safety measures in place, such as parental supervision, spotters or net enclosures, there is no guarantee against injury. Trampolines should not be regarded as play equipment."

Now there are a number of ways one could go with this gold mine of fear-mongering. For instance, the bit about "no guarantee against injury" is just sitting there begging to be chewed up and spat back out. But I particularly like the fact that CPS-CASM (!) feel the need to point out not only playgrounds and homes but cottages as well. I imagine the boot-licking toadies sitting around the boardroom table discussing the first draft of their statement and feeling pretty smug about how they will stop them little criminal children with the death-wishes at both home and playground. Until, that is, one lowly minion quietly whispers something about the "cottage loophole". "Dang" they all say in unison... "the cottage loophole... darn rich kids and their fancy, go-anywhere trampolines."

Not Safe:

1 comment:

Zenmomma said...

Not safe AND those little gymnasts are not pointing their toes. Tsk. That will be points off ya know.