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5 dangerous things you should let your kids do by Gever Tulley Answered

Here is a great talk about 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do by Gever Tulley. I would really encourage you to try all other things w/ your children, cousins, brothers, sisters or whomever.
Here is a link to the video. I don't think instructables can embed videos from ted but I will try to it anyway.
UPDATE I found a youtube version.



Fire: not that my parents know of..... knife: many deep cuts (again none my parents are aware of....) spear: broke my finger..... appliances: several sitting in my room(not sure what they are anymore.....) drive: through the garage door.....oops.

Lol, awesome video, but he said number 5 twice.

#5 should be "Break the Law" - he just gave two easy examples.

Make that "Break Stupid Laws".

In Scandinavia, any child who has not broken a bone is considered to have had a poor up-bringing. My boys - > Fire: check, both at home and at camp. #1 son has cooked over an open fire as well. > Knife: check. Actually, I'm jealous of #1 son's knife. > Spear: does archery count? Or air-rifle shooting? (Actually, I've just realised that they make their own "spears" out of sticks and bamboo). > Appliances: check. Their knives have screwdrivers and pliers on them. > DMCA: check, sort of. They bring me CDs to rip and put on their DSs for them. I haven't explained copyright laws to them, just the idea of plagiarism being bad. > Drive: #1 has steered on my knee, #2 can't see out yet, even on my knee.

I've done all those things starting out when I was little. And I'm still here. I could die tomorrow, but I didn't kill myself when I was 10. He proves a great point about saftey. Kids get cuts and bruises, and you don't have to sue someone just because of it. Some things should be checked though, like lead concentration in toys.

Who ever said a little Pb is not good for the soul. (JK) Its more dangerous if the kids don't know how to use a knife and then try to learn at a old age.

I used to use my teeth to open lead sinkers. So far it hasn't hurt me. But I agree with the knife. I've cut myself numerous times, but I just learned from it. I've done more damage from stubbing my toe (broken two, and one of those was broke twice) than from a knife (almost cut half of my fingertip off... twice).

i cut myself badly, didn't touch a knife for a long time afterwards, but it seems to almost teach you how to use a knife.

Yep, I agree. I owned a Barlow carbon steel pocket knife when I was 12. I still have it. It is in great shape, though a bit worn.

About the time I turned 14 I learned how to be safe with a firearm; a shot gun, specifically a break open single shot 20 ga. I got so proficient with it I could fire off 2 sometimes 3 rounds at a flying pheasant before it got away :-)

But I never aimed it at anyone, and was always, even as a 12 year old, very careful with the weapon.

Today, kids shoot themselves when they find a gun because they don't know what the thing is.....Oh LOOK ! a TOY. *sigh*

Yeah. The state of this country (United States) is Sad. I am 14 and my dad was thinking about letting shot a gun some time. Still haven't get around to it. I have built things that are equally lethal though. (Potentially)

Just do archery! I don't like guns and neither do my parents, but they were fine with getting a bow.

No. I am more of a air gun type of guy. Who doesn't like 60 lbs of air coming out a 1/4 inch barrel in the fraction of a second.

yes, airguns are much better, especially for kids that dont understand the word dangerous. Many kids learn that if an airsoft gun hurts, think what a real one can do.

I went off it for a while when I was busy pulling a round out of my shoulder, ricochets are still dangerous after after 60-70 feet...

I completely agree with this, I've had a pocket knife since I was 8 or 9 and have cut myself more the older I get, as a child I never got hurt by my knife the other day I sliced another finger open while maiming something. I got to drive strange things, like a bobcat shovel (which I equated to my remote control bulldozer), I got to steer a front loader, which was the great colosus of my world as a child... I decided it looked like a machine but was alive. Oh and the pickup truck but on his knees, next time he bought a new pickup truck was last year, we technically voided the warranty lol Throwing stuff is very important especcially if you made your spear with your pocket knife... Copyright protection... I sold copy DVDs and CDs by the time I was 14. Burning things and making them do what you want is amazing when you're a child.... and you feel really cool when you figure out the whole passing your hand through fire bit...

I've done all those things. One of the upsides to living in the country, I guess!

All great suggestions..most of which I did when I was younger. Let's see: Fire: check Pocket knife: for as long as I can remember Throw a spear: we made quite a few when we were younger Take apart appliances: hehehe..more than I can count Drive: once or twice (before I was legally able to drive)

Pocket knife:5
Throw a spear:6 (my dad found some lawn darts)
Take apart appliances:2 years old. when i was 2 we moved into a new house and my dad put in all new phone jacks. well i followed him around and new where every single phone jack was. So 2 days later he went to australia and I went around and put dry wall screws into every phone jack in the hole house.
Drive :0nce

I've taken apart a laptop, ceiling fans, old person scooter, a washing machine, an answering machine, and so much more that I can't quite think of at the moment.

Have you ever seen the inside of an old rotary dial phone ? Ingenuity plus! all those wires and that heavy duty mechanism that would withstand Hiroshima LOL

If I got my hands on a rotary dial phone, I'd keep it how it is and use it. Not tear it apart!

Well, this one didn't work so well. And I did want to see it's mechanisms :-) I left the dialer and the bell assembly intact, but man was there a lot of grease in there *blech*

If I could go to tinkering school, I definitely would. Sadly, I probably do not have the time.

I might be able to though my time in California is limited. I would rather visit with friends and family there. Also it is pretty expensive. But you do keep your tools in the end which is pretty cool.