Are Skateboards Safe For 9 Year Olds 

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I share with you the story of my son. He is a 9-year-old named Timmy who loves nothing more than playing with his friends outside.

One day, Timmy’s best friend Alex showed up with a new skateboard. Timmy was fascinated and wanted to try it out, but I  was hesitant.

I had heard that skateboards could be dangerous and didn’t want Timmy to get hurt.

Determined to show me that skateboards were safe, Timmy decided to do some research.

He learned about the importance of wearing protective gear, such as a helmet, elbow, and knee pads, and wrist guards.

He also learned about the proper way to balance on the board and how to fall safely if he lost his balance.

With this newfound knowledge, Timmy convinced me to let him try out the skateboard.

He put on all of his protective gear and practiced under my watchful eye.

Timmy quickly discovered that skateboarding was not as easy as it looked, but with determination and practice, he was able to master the basics.

After several weeks of practicing, Timmy and Alex entered a local skateboarding competition.

Timmy was nervous, but with all of the skills he had learned and the confidence he had gained, he was able to perform a fantastic routine and take first place.

I was proud of him and realized that skateboards could be safe, as long as they were used with caution and the proper safety equipment was worn.

From that day on, Timmy and Alex enjoyed skateboarding together and always wore their protective gear to ensure their safety.



In conclusion, skateboards can be safe for 9-year-olds if the proper safety measures are taken.

It is important to wear protective gear, such as a helmet, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards, and to learn how to balance and fall safely.

With determination, practice, and a commitment to safety, kids like Timmy can enjoy the thrill of skateboarding while minimizing the risks.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

How do I teach my 9 year old to skateboard?

To teach your 9-year-old to skateboard:

  1. Start with safety: Ensure they wear protective gear, including a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.

  2. Choose the right skateboard: Select a suitable skateboard for their size and skill level, typically a wider and stable board for beginners.

  3. Find a safe location: Begin in a flat, smooth, and open area like a driveway or empty parking lot.

  4. Basic stance: Teach them the proper skateboard stance – regular (left foot forward) or goofy (right foot forward) based on their comfort.

  5. Balancing practice: Help them practice balancing on the board with both feet and learn to shift their weight.

  6. Pushing off: Show them how to push off the ground with one foot while keeping the other on the skateboard.

  7. Turning and stopping: Teach them how to lean and turn, and practice foot braking for stopping.

  8. Gradual progression: Introduce more advanced skills like ollies, kickturns, and riding ramps as they become more comfortable.

  9. Encourage practice: Skateboarding takes time to master, so encourage regular practice and offer support and patience.

  10. Make it enjoyable: Keep the experience fun, and let them progress at their own pace.

When should I teach my child to skateboard?

You can begin teaching your child to skateboard when they express interest and show the physical coordination and balance needed, typically around 5 to 7 years old. However, always prioritize their safety and ensure they wear proper protective gear.

Is skateboarding a safe sport?

Skateboarding can be with the right precautions, including wearing protective gear like helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads, and practicing in safe environments. However, like any sport, there are inherent risks, and injuries can occur if safety measures are not followed.

Is skateboards good for girl?

Skateboarding is a sport and hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of gender. It is equally good for girls and boys who have an interest in it.

Can I wear jeans to skateboard?

Yes, you can wear jeans while skateboarding. Jeans are a common choice for skateboarding due to their durability and protection against scrapes and bruises.