Next Step – Bubble-Wrap

Learning to walk in a world of hard surfaces

Learning to walk in a world of hard surfaces can turn a special moment into a heart rendering incident in a flash. It’s normal for young children to sustain bumps and bruises occasionally as part of exploring; the problem is this kind of fall is very common in even the safest of homes and gardens. The damage to a falling toddler’s hands and knees can be an acceptable form of pain for learning but a head injury can be traumatic for both infant and parent.

It’s the ‘Thudguard’ (not to be confused with the Thagomizer) As a parent, I know that kids are built to withstand a fall from approximately their height.   I’ve had discussions about bike helmets with people before, and my rule is if the surface is paved, then wear the helmet.  I observed a neighbor who was teaching their daughter to ride a bike.  She fell, and her mother made quite a big deal about how if she hadn’t been wearing the helmet, she would have smashed her head.  From whare I was standing, I could see what really happened.  The kid & bike tipped over, and once they were on the ground, the kid let their head & helmet hit.  No helmet, no impact.

Published in: on April 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Shudder Thinking How Broken These Kids Will Be

In Japan, robot babysitter always ready to play

FUKUOKA, Japan (AFP) – Japanese parents who can’t find a good babysitter now have an alternative that never gets tired — a friendly robot at the local department store.

Major Japanese retailer Aeon Co. said Tuesday it has introduced a 1.4-metre (four-foot-seven) yellow-and-white robot at a store in the southern city of Fukuoka in charge of entertaining the children.

There’s just something wrong with kids replacing human interaction with robots.  The robot can even talk to the kids, and project advertising from one of its eyes.

I expect that the next version will require the kids to view ads every few minutes while playing with them.  Eventually, it will probably ‘pout’ until they sing the clever jingle they just heard.

If they were American kids, I’d expect that they would need lots of therapy when they grow up.

Published in: on March 27, 2008 at 11:02 pm  Comments (1)