Just let them learn their lessons. Nothing teaches you more about protecting your eyes than having a brother with an eye patch.
Yes, plastic. But they won't stop simply by hitting your finger. It's usually the scream that stops them.
Seriously though, it hurts a little. But the blade doesn't need to stop because it bounces away. You're left with a stinging sensation that goes away after 5 seconds.
What exactly is the problem here, you or your wife?
The only problem is I wanted to confirm the blades wouldn't cut skin on contact before I made the purchase. My son turns 6 on Friday and I realized I hadn't bought anything yet. Thought he'd love something like this, but obviously wanted to confirm he's not going to get his fingers cut off using it. Google has a hard time differentiating among the toy and the more advanced remote helicopters, which I believe are quite dangerous.
The recommended age on the helicopter you linked to is 12 and up. Since he's 6 maybe you should look for something more age appropriate.
I don't go by age recommendations nowadays. You can usually safely halve it. In today's world they put restrictors on sit-and-spins for pete's sake. I remember buying an old one from the 70s when my kids were younger so they could have as much fun on it as I did when I was their age.
Might cry once or twice, so do emphasize safety (but not fear). No grabbing it while the blades are running, etc.
These thing are really cool.
Here is how I handled it with both my son and a neighbor kid:
1) Before you can fly it, you have to have a "training session."
2) First, learn to hover in space. Go up gently without hitting the ceiling and keep it in the air for 15 seconds.
3) Hover and turn in space. Just turn around 3 times in each direction while hovering.
4) Crash stop. You don't want them to keep holding the throttle after a crash. Hold the helicopter in your hand while they hold the gas and when you get close to the wall, they have to let go right away. Do this a lot. This will extend the life of your helicopter a lot as well. It doesn't matter if the vehicle falls to the floor, but you don't want that blade to keep going when it's trapped or hitting a wall. They need to learn a quick release. LET GO and start again. This is probably the single most important thing in preserving it and having fun.
5) Hover and move forward, back, then land gently.
6) They are on their own.
That should take no more than 10 minutes and they will have a lot more fun than if you just sent them loose and get frustrated/scared.
My nephew (3) is terrified of theirs so that was probably a little early.
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It's not only safety but it can also include how well the controls can be worked for certain ages. Maybe younger kids had a difficult time controlling it or got bored with it quickly. But it looks like it's an indoor model so shouldn't be too powerful and it's fairly inexpensive so what the hey.
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Re: Are remote control helicopters dangerous?
Originally Posted by Vibiana
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I wonder if anyone has ever flown one of those outside of Jennifer Jason Leigh's window at night, with a speaker attached, making moaning ghost sounds. That would be awesome.
I'd like to see Johnny Depp direct a movie about Tim Burton directing a movie starring Johnny Depp, in which Johnny is directing a film about Danny Elfman, who is composing the music for a new Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp.....playing Danny Elfman.
Well, the first thing I'm going to do when I take it out of the package is fire it up and put my finger against the propeller when it's running at full speed. I'm not looking forward to this, but I have to do it to make sure it's not going to hurt him.