Friday, August 31, 2007

are you kidding me?

Higglytown Heroes today...holy crap. Made me absolutely crazy.

They went to the pool. Fran told them they couldn't go in the water because their parents weren't there and it's not safe to go swimming without an adult there to watch you. So they called for "someone special". I saw where this was going and I didn't like it one bit. What Higglytown Hero do you think showed up? A lifeguard, naturally.

Now, why would this bother me? You shouldn't go swimming without a lifeguard on duty, right? Right, but there's more to it than that. The lifeguard literally sang the line, "when your parents aren't around, I will keep you safe and sound!"

First of all, this implies that if your parents are around, you don't need a lifeguard. Most parents aren't trained in rescue techniques, first aid, and CPR.

Second, lifeguards are not a substitute for parental supervision. I used to work at a pool. We had a HUGE problem with parents just dropping kids off and leaving. Lifeguards are not babysitters! They are there to make sure nobody drowns. Period. The pool is not daycare. Playhouse Disney should be ashamed of themselves for sending this message to kids, and more importantly, to their parents!

I remember one occasion when a preschooler was rescued from the deep end. The mother had left her in the baby pool, completely unattended, and she had wandered over to the deep end and jumped in. First of all - it is VERY possible to drown in the baby pool! Second...hello? If her mother had been watching her, she wouldn't have jumped in the deep end! Yes, the lifeguards saved her. But come on, now!

Again: Lifeguards are not babysitters. The pool is not daycare. Lifeguards are there to keep people from drowning, and that is ALL. Parents MUST supervise their children when in or around water.

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