Over 250,000 children a year arrive at A&E having had an accident involving their bike. A high number of these cases sadly involve head injuries which can be lethal – causing serious, sometimes irreparable damage. Helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by 85%. Yet, if you are in the UK, there is no law stating that cycle helmets are compulsory for neither children nor adults.
Even though we have these figures, helmets are still a debatable topic amongst parents. Those against helmets see the use of them as a matter of ‘cotton wool parenting’. Some parents believe that introducing a helmet will make the child believe that it is a risky activity, or on the flip side encourage riskier behaviour as the rider feels protected.
Those parents in favour of wearing a helmet agree that the chance of injury is just too devastating to risk. These parents opt for maximum safety and option of teaching their children to understand why safety is important.
Kiddimoto are one of the leading children’s bike helmet brands around the world, and side with the latter. If the importance of wearing a helmet is instilled from an early age, it will surely become the norm. Little ones can learn that they should not be afraid of wearing there helmet, but instead all the good things it would be doing for their protection.
We want children to enjoy getting out and about on their bikes, and instil a safe and positive lifelong attitude towards cycling.
How do you do this you ask? Here are our top tips:
- Create a helmet rule from day one, no helmet – no riding! But if you start them young it will quickly become the norm.
- Let them pick their helmet themselves; there are so many fun and funky designs nowadays that their helmet doesn’t need to be dull!
- Practice road safety in the garden! Why not set up a little obstacle course of turns and stops to teach them what to look out for, boosting their confidence when they are faced with a busy path.
- Most kids love to get their hands dirty! Show them simple bike maintenance such as checking their brakes.
- They choose the route! If you are a family of avid cyclists, let them choose the next path you all take. What an adventure!
Kiddimoto classic helmets are suitable from just 2 years of age, meaning you can really instil that helmet message from early on. They feature an adjustable inner padded framework that can be tightened and loosened to grow with its wearer. They are all a fantastic old school-bmx shape and are available in a number of bright and colourful patterns from Pink Bunny to Police. Only £18.99.
New from Kiddimoto are their next generation of kids helmet – IKON. The IKON helmets offer full face protection, but with their detachable chin guard are 2 helmets in 1. These helmets are incredibly lightweight starting from as little as 270g for the smallest size (from 2 Years). The detachable chin has a patented one click lock and release. They have 12 integrated vents to keep riders cool and an integrated visor to keep sun and water out of the eyes. Only £65.