Kids at a very young age should be monitored closely at all times.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that:
•Kids younger than 5 years should not skateboard.
•Kids age 6–10 years old can skateboard, but only with an adult watching.
Safe Skateboarding Gear
Kids should choose the skateboard that's right for their style or activity (for example slalom, freestyle, and speed). Before heading out to skate, kids need:
a helmet that fits well. It should be a multi-sport helmet or one specifically meant for skateboarding. Do not let your child ride a skateboard without a helmet.wrist guards to support the wrist during fallsknee pads and elbow padsclosed-toe shoes that have soles that don't slipgoggles or shatterproof glasses
Safe Places to Ride
To prevent injuries, it is very important that riders choose safe places to ride. All surfaces should be checked before riding on them. Kids should skateboard only on surfaces that are smooth without cracks or debris, like garbage or sticks.
Other safety rules:
Never ride in the street.Never skateboard in wet weather.When learning to ride, kids should try out skateboarding on a smooth driveway that's is away from all traffic, the beginner section of a skate park, or a parking lot that is not being used. At skate parks, obey all rules. Stop and look before entering skateboarding areas. Do not skateboard in crowded areas. One person on a skateboard at a time.Never hitch a ride from a bicycle, car, truck, bus, or other vehicle. Do not wear headphones while skateboarding.
Kids will fall while skateboarding. It's part of the sport. To stay safe, kids should use the safety gear listed above and learn how to fall properly. They should:
Practice falling on a soft surface or on grass.Crouch down as they fall so they won't have as far to fall. Land on the fleshy parts of their body and roll rather than breaking a fall with their arms and hands.Relax while falling instead of going stiff.Master basic tricks before moving on to more complicated moves.
Take it slow
The key is to take it slow. If they really don’t want to learn stop and save it for another day. Take the board and play around a little, stroll around on one knee and push with the other foot, that sort of stuff.
Schedule, do it regularly
Keep at it, try to skateboard at least 1 time a week. This way he’ll remember and won’t be scared.
Show videos and make videos
Show your kid skate videos they can relate to. My kid loved seeing kids his age skateboard.
Video everything and show them, it’s great feedback and they love seeing themselves. Watch it together and point out what your kid did right and what parts to pay attention to.
Make sure you get them some shoes that help them feel the board.
You don’t need to buy expensive Vans kids shoes but at least something that enabled them to have close contact to the board and some soles with cushioning.
Get a quality skateboard
I wouldn’t recommend buying a skateboard at Walmart. It’s harder to learn to skateboard if it’s a toy deck. Not saying it’s impossible, it may be good to use for a month or so and then get something better once your kid seems to like it.
To be safe, just buy a skateboard at your local skateboard shop. The cheapest option would be a blank skateboard, which is perfectly fine. You can also consider buying a complete skateboard or assemble one from different parts. If you don’t have a shop nearby. They go from $60 to $100.
Don’t pressure your kids
Rule number one. Never pressure your kids, don’t get angry or frustrated. Let them do their thing, and if they want to stop, that’s fine. If you’re a skater yourself you know there isn’t any point in practicing a trick for three hours and still not nailing it. It just means this isn’t the right time to do it, or you’re not at that skill level yet.
Visit skate parks early in the morning
Skateboard parks offer smooth surfaces away from traffic, but should be used by more advanced skateboarders.
Take your kid to your local skatepark when they’re ready, when you do, I recommend going in the early morning. It’s not too crowded. Going when it’s busy will only intimidate your kid.
photo: a 5 year old in Venice beach .
The valley locations :
Andres and Maria Cardenas Skate Park
14740 Blythe St
Panorama City, CA 91402
Paul Rodriguez skatepark
10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Pacoima, CA 91331
Sheldon Skate Park
12505 Sheldon St
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Pedlow Skate Park
17328 Victory Blvd
Lake Balboa, CA 91406
Valley Park Skatepark
1625 N Valley St
Burbank, CA 91505
The westside locations:
Courthouse Skate park
1645 Corinth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Culver City Skate Park
9910 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
The Cove skate park
1401 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Venice. Beach Skate park
1800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291
Westchester Skate Plaza
7000 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045