EU takes the Fun out of Childhood: Kids banned from blowing up Balloons

12.10.2011 Misc Politics #Kids

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Wenn sich die Bürokraten in Brüssel mit Luftballons und Kinderspielzeug beschäftigen, dann kann nur sowas dabei herauskommen: Children to be banned from blowing up balloons, under EU safety rules (via )

The EU toy safety directive, agreed and implemented by Government, states that balloons must not be blown up by unsupervised children under the age of eight, in case they accidentally swallow them and choke. Despite having been popular favourites for generations of children, party games including whistles and magnetic fishing games are to be banned because their small parts or chemicals used in making them are decreed to be too risky.

Apparently harmless toys that children have enjoyed for decades are now regarded by EU regulators as posing an unacceptable safety risk.

Whistle blowers, that scroll out into a a long coloured paper tongue when sounded – a party favourite at family Christmas meals – are now classed as unsafe for all children under 14. The new rules are designed to protect children from the chance that a piece of the whistle could be swallowed and cause choking.

Mir fällt dazu nicht viel ein, außer: It's shit like this, politics. Shit like this. Okay, mir fallen doch noch zwei Sachen ein:

1.) George Carlin: „Today's kids are way too soft. For one thing, there is too much emphasis on safety. Child proof medicine bottles, fire proof pajamas, child restrained car seats... and helmets! Baseball, bicycles, skateboard helmets. Kids have to wear helmets now for everything except jerking off! Grown-ups have taken all the fun from being a kid just to save a few thousand lives. It's pathetic. What's happening is that these soft fruity baby boomers are raising an entire generation of soft fruity kids who aren't allowed to have hazardous toys.“

2.) Das Buch 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do): „With projects, activities, experiences, and skills ranging from “Superglue Your Fingers Together” to “Play with Fire,” along with 48 other great ideas, the book is a manifesto for kids and parents alike to reclaim childhood. Easy to follow instructions, fun facts, and challenging undertakings that will engage and inspire whole households.“

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