Monday, May 15, 2017
Really? You would let kids swim without supervision?
Yet, a national poll done by the University of Michigan shows that a more than one out of three parents surveyed--37%--would let their children swim in a home, hotel, or community pool unsupervised.
In a lake? 16%/ In the ocean, 13%.
Familiar places--like your own backyard pool--provide a false sense of security.
Even if the child is a good swimmer, kids should not be in the water without a watchful adult present.
DROWNING IS THE SECOND-LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR KIDS FROM 1 to 15.
Nearly ONE THOUSAND kids a year drown. Five times that many end up in the ER with non-fatal water-related injuries.
All parents polled thought kids should have basic swimming skills--but one in seven parents of kids who could not swim independently thought it was OK to leave the child in the water unsupervised.
--Half of white parents said their kid had taken swimming lessons
--39% of Hispanic kids
--37% of black kids
Black children drown at 5.5 times the rate of white children.
Communities must work to find ways to make swimming lessons more affordable, the researchers said.
That's all well and good--but use your noggins parents. All it takes is taking that one long phone call or looking away from your child in a packed, splashy pool , or depending on some 16-yr-old lifeguard to watch your kid along with 50 others.