Post # 1
I don’t have any kids – but I’m seeing a lot of photos on social media. I’m super paranoid about the safety of the rides (yes, I rode on several as a child and survived) but now I’m worried!
Anyone else with me? Seeing all these little kids on Ferris wheels makes me cringe!
Post # 2
My kids love amusement parks and scary rides. The recent news stories have made me a lot more worried about safety. I would never send a little kid alone on any ride where there is a danger of falling.
Post # 3
Ferris wheels are one of the safer rides unless people try to rock the carriages. They do not contain seatbelts since they are not intended to be rocked or tipped in the air, so rocking them can be very dangerous. As for other rides, most of them have bars or seatbelts or both to hold a person in. That doesn’t mean they are foolproof or do not malfunction, but generally the seatbelts or bars holding a person in are one of the least likely parts to fail. Rides without anthing holding the rider in can be more dangerous (water slides).
As for safety, I never allowed my children to ride a ride until they met the height requirement, even if the ride allowed a child to ride with a parent. I never encouraged them to ride the scary ones, and if they hesitated, I would always just agree with them and say, “That one scares me, too! Maybe next year.” I remember taking my Dear Daughter on a water ride when she was fairly young and the raft overturned. I don’t know how I caught up with her, but I did (perhaps because bigger people travel faster down water slides in general). I held her in front of me with my hands under her arms and when we reached the bottom and fell off the side into the water, I held her up while I went under. It was quite scary, and I shudder to think what could have happened had I not caught her before reaching the bottom.
Ultimately, there are dangers in fair rides and roller coasters. You can always have a family rule that your children cannot ride (whatever the ride you choose) until they are (whatever age you choose). If they hear that from the time they are little, they won’t question it, but at some point they will get to choose for themselves. Although there have been some highly publicized and gruesome incidents lately, accidents on amusement park rides are statistically less likely than being in a car accident. Federal oversight might help, too, but ultimately parents have to decide what they are comfortable with.
Post # 4
I never go on fair rides, and neither will my kids. Places like Disneyland are a different story.
Post # 5
Can you guys provide some links? I was in a honeymoon bubble for the last week or so.
Post # 6
Meh it is all up to the parent on if they let their child on rides or not. My son is little yet and he loves the little kid rides. Which all those rides have safety belts and ever ride he has been on the operator checks each rider to make sure they are belted in. When he gets older he can go on other rides. I don’t see a huge deal on it.