May 12, 2006 UPDATED IMAGE LIBRARY This rates as one of the best and most sensible ideas we’ve ever seen. Anyone who has ever tried to orchestrate a public outing for more than two children under the age of eight years knows the dangers. Children don’t have the ability to judge speed, distance and danger so they make unpredictable and vulnerable pedestrians with matters often made much worse due to arousal levels heightened by the proximity of other children. The Walkodile child safety walker is a significant development in the field of child safety as it offers a stress-free method of shepherding a group of primary school age children in public. The UKP200 Walkodile links four to six children to a central flexible spine, which they can hold on to whilst they walk. Each child is fitted with a high visibility, adjustable harness and joined to the Walkodile, which has been very successful in both formal and informal tests, as supervisors are able to steer six children by holding the hand of just one of the lead children. Quite predictably invented by a school teacher (that’s the inventor Elaine Stephen pictured), the Walkodile means no more lost children and a greatly reduced possibility of much worse.
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