Has Safety Gone too Far?

According to Linn’s Stamp News a set of stamps designed to encourage kids to be more active is about to be destroyed because three of the 15 stamps in the set show activities that are done “unsafely” according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The offending stamps are 1. an image of a child doing a handstand without wearing a helmet (top row, fourth from the left) 2. a child skateboarding without knee pads (second row, second from the left) and 3. a kid doing a cannoball into a pool (bottom row, third from the left).

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The president’s wife Michelle Obama was scheduled to take part in the launch ceremony for the stamps.

What do you say? Should we destroy the stamps or not?

2 thoughts on “Has Safety Gone too Far?

  1. Leah

    How many childern do you think actually look at stamps? With text messages and email, hand written letters and the need to mail them are definitely a thing of the past.

    Since when is a helmet required for gymastics? A helmet is not going to protect the wearer from the injuries suffered from doing a cartwheel or a handstand. I would be more inclined to say the “play baseball” and “play soccer” stamps are ‘unsafe’. A baseball player is required to wear and batting helmet while batting. Soccer players wear shin guards. Or how about wearing gloves while climbing a rope.

    Whether or not the pictures dipict the proper protective equipment, does not take away from the intended message of the stamps.

  2. Anonymous

    Yes I believe it has gone too far. I think some people have nothing better to do with their time than go overboard on everything. Where is the common sense. It is like enabling if we enable someone not to use their common sense then will they use it?

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