A recent small study has shown that parents need to ask the question “are kids taking too many risks crossing streets?”

Are Kids Taking Too Many Risks Crossing Streets?

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Using virtual reality, researchers were able to test how often kids might walk into incoming traffic in real life. The result showed that parents tend to over-estimate their children, and are missing opportunities to teach safety to kids, according to study author Dr. Barbara Morrongiello, a psychology professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

To perform the study, Morrongiello and co author Michael Corbett got 130 children to sign up, along with their parents to participate in the virtual street crossing experiment in Guelph.

Children wore headsets that included 3d display and motion sensors. Participants stood on a virtual two way street with sidewalks, enhanced by the traffic sounds.  After the kids were adept at using the equipment, the researchers asked to cross then they thought traffic conditions were safe.

The results surprised parents greatly.  Children were hit by virtual cars six percent of the time.
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