I like these lively threads.
I think this is an interesting topic, but when it comes down to helmet use, it’s a simply matter of COMMON SENSE! Take everything that you’ve learned and apply it. There’s no debate as far as I’m concerned.
If you are responsible for young kids hopefully you have enough common sense and experience to advise them appropriately and ensure that they do the right thing. In my opinion, there are a LOT of adults out there who are idiots when it comes to responsibility over their kids safety. It’s one thing if you choose to be ignorant in the conduct of your personal life. It’s your choice. Kid’s are a different story.
The lidless whippersnappers on the videos fall into that grey area between dependency and adulthood. It’s a good thing to give them a friendly reminder about helmets. Most of them are intelligent and take the advice in the spirit in which it was given.
I agree completely with John Childs: when riding in traffic, ALWAYS wear a helmet. A car impact of 5 mph can f*** you up for life. My wife was crossing in intersection on her bike (no helmet) An 82 year old geezer who had no right to be behind the wheel ran her down at about 5mph(didn’t see her because of the the sun in his eyes!) She went up on the hood, was knocked unconscious - it took the old fart 80 feet before he could find the brake. When he did stop, my wife slid off the hood. She is very lucky she didn’t crack her skull on the way down. Who would have expected this? My wife wasn’t even riding in much traffic. This was in a small town, mostly quiet roads. When she got into town, she looked both ways, and went with the flow of the pedestrians. She was the last person crossing the street. The geezer thought everyone had passed, and he accelerated from a stationary position, and Boom! There she was on his hood. Fortunately she got out of this with multiple fractures to the ankle.
A Muni group I ride with had one “brave” lad who was coming out without a helmet on rugged rides. (Before I joined the group) Apparently this created some friction - the group was somewhat split between freedom of choice and the practical concerns of the the group. If this guy cracked his noggin 5 miles out in the woods, whose cleaning up the mess? Well, this seemed to have sorted itself out eventually.
Kids, traffic, group rides, events and videos aside, it’s your choice! Go out and have a ball!
If you want to take the chance, go for it! There are no laws yet, and hopefully there never will be laws, dictating when a helmet must be used on a unicycle. Just use your common sense.