How can I get my children to wear helmets when riding their bike or skateboarding?
You know that bike helmets prevent serious head injury in children but your child only sees them as a nuisance and "not cool." First, parents should be role models by wearing helmets when they ride a bike or roller blade. Second, stress that this is one of those non-negotiable parent "laws" that must be initiated with the first bicycle or scooter just like you insist they wear a seat belt in the car. Third, keep several helmets around for their friends and insist they wear them while at your home. Fourth, make sure the helmet is approved by the American National Standards Institute (there will be a logo) and covers the top of the forehead.
Donna Dixon, former HES Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Tuesday, November 25, 2008