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Jumping on a trampoline is a classic part of childhood that every kid should be able to enjoy, but every child needs to learn how to play on a trampoline safely.

Regular play-based exercise in the outdoors is a crucial part of healthy development in children. So learning how to play on and enjoy a trampoline safely should be encouraged, especially throughout the developmental stages.

We’ve teamed up with Vuly Play to teach you all about trampoline safety – because even if you own one of the safest trampolines in the world, if it’s not being used safely, there will always be risks.

YOUNGER CHILDREN
Every parent wants their child’s first experience on a trampoline to be a positive one. Ideally, a child should first start using a trampoline at seven years of age or older, but if you’d like your child to get used to a trampoline at a younger age, make sure you avoid having them on the trampoline while older kids are jumping.

When teaching young children aged six and under how to use a trampoline for the first time, you’ll first want to get them used to what it feels like to stand and move around on one. At such a young age, your child’s ability to jump up and down will be limited, so initially, the soft surface will primarily be used to help with balance and adjusting to the occasional weight shift.

RULES FOR PLAYING SAFELY ON A TRAMPOLINE
Once your children are seven years old and above, jumping on the trampoline will become more natural to them, and some rules should be put in place so that they can play safely.

  1. Taking Turns

Having multiple children on a trampoline at the same time increases the risk of harm, so it’s always recommended to encourage your children to take turns wherever possible so that awkward bounces and collisions can be avoided.

  1. No Tricks or Somersaults

Although it may look like lots of fun, trying to do stunts is just an accident waiting to happen. It’s best for the kids to leave the tricks to the professionals or learn how to perform them properly in safety at your local gymnastics club.

  1. No Hard Toys or Balls

Avoid bringing toys or balls onto the trampoline while kids are jumping around. If a child bounces up and lands on one of these toys, they could get hurt. Make sure toys are kept off the trampoline and away from the perimeter at a safe distance.

  1. Stay in the Centre of the Mat

The safest place to bounce is in the centre of the mat. Children should never bounce into the surrounding netting deliberately or bounce off the edge of the trampoline onto the hard ground.

  1. Stay a Safe Distance Away

While other kids are bouncing on the trampoline, any other children not jumping should either sit on the edge with their legs crossed or get off the trampoline completely and stay back a safe distance. Children should also be taught not to crawl under the trampoline while someone is jumping on it.

View the Kidsafe Australia trampoline safety video featuring Olympic Trampolinist Blake Gaudry here to see for yourself just why it’s so important to have rules in place.

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KEEPING YOUR KIDS SAFE ON A TRAMPOLINE
There’s no reason why a trampoline cannot enrich the lives of your growing children, as long as all necessary safety steps are taken. There are also a number of other smart choices you can make as parents to greatly reduce any bumps or bruises on trampolines.

  1. Parental Supervision

Children should always be supervised while playing on a trampoline. No matter the age of your child, adequate adult supervision is always advised.

  1. Positioning the Trampoline Safely

Make sure the trampoline is positioned in the safest possible spot to avoid hazards. Keep your trampoline away from overhanging branches that could fall, and place the trampoline on a flat and stable surface.

There should also be plenty of open space around the trampoline. Ideally, your trampoline should be at least 2000mm away from any other obstacles. Find out more about choosing the safest spot for your trampoline here.

  1. Trampoline Maintenance

Any safety features should always be attached to the trampoline before play and the trampoline should be checked regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. Teach your children the importance of this before they enjoy their trampoline and encourage them to tell an adult if they spot any signs of unsafety, such as the safety netting not being secure or if they see a rip in the in the mat.

  1. Choosing the Right Trampoline

Be smart about the type of trampoline you buy and the accessories you purchase to go with it. Avoid trampolines with exposed springs and unstable bases where possible, and focus instead on quality made trampolines with strong safety netting and additional safety features.

CHOOSE SAFETY WITH VULY PLAY TRAMPOLINES
The safety features built into and available for Vuly Play trampolines make it so much easier for your kids to stay safe while having fun jumping around and getting some exercise.

Vuly Play trampolines are designed by Australians for Australian families, with a big focus on safety and quality. Vuly creates a variety of innovative trampolines that exceed the Australian Standard for trampoline safety and meet every budget.

Would your kids love to have a Vuly Play trampoline of their very own?

Enter our competition to WIN a Vuly Play trampoline that your kids can enjoy and play on for hours on end. Click here to enter now for your chance to win a Vuly Lift Medium Trampoline delivered directly to your door! (entries close 20 October, 2017)

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