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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    I'm really glad the people I interact with don't have this attitude :/

    My mum lost my brother in a supermarket once. Bet she's glad people stopped to help find him instead of going on their way because it's not their responsibility.

    Seriously, you're not capable of saying "sorry, I can't let you out, where's your mum?" Or just...you know, grabbing your kid and shutting the gate?

    This attitude confuses me. A lot.

    What does it achieve? Are you trying to punish the terrible people who dare to sit more than a metre away from the door by giving them a heart attack when their kid isn't in the enclosed area they left them in? Or is stuck at the top of the big kids area they tried to tackle?

    No wonder people are so afraid of other people judging them.
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    Unless you are holding your child's hand the whole time, they can bolt in a second.

    I try not to let another child out of an enclosed area and I sure hope people would do the same with dd, even though I am constantly close to her.

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    If we're talking a gated *playground* then of course I don't let other children out! They could run onto a road or something equally as horrible! The play centres where I live don't have child gates, except the one that goes out the main entrance, so no, I don't let other children out there, either.

    However, if we're talking Maccas, all my local Maccas have big, heavy doors to the play area from the restaurant area, not to any outside areas . If a child is opening it and running in and out on their own (as my older three do) then fine, the kids are usually running to the toilet or straight to their carer. IF I go to open the door to let my 3yo out (he can't always get the door open) and another kid wants out, who looks like they couldn't let themselves out, then I do a scan for the carer, exchange a nod/smile and let them out. If I couldn't see someone, then I wouldn't let them out, what if their carer was in the loo and the kid got all freaked out when they couldn't find them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tormy View Post
    I think there's a huge difference between a child running out of a gated area when your trying to get your child and ignoring a child roaming a shopping centre by themselves. I'm pretty sure no one intentionally lets other ppls children out of gated areas - but sometimes kids to squirm out when your trying to get in/out.
    No, it all comes down to 'not my kid, not my responsibility'. I get the impression from a lot of posts that people don't give a toss because at least they were supervising their child. I imagine they'd feel the same way about a mother who had the audacity to lose sight of her 3 year old in Coles...silly woman, should've watched him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilicious View Post
    I'm probably going to get flamed here, but if my DS is playing in a gated area, I'm in there with him - not hovering but sitting down or standing off to the side. He is only 17 months, but I'll probably keep doing that until I feel that he's old enough so that if he is let out by another adult, I won't worry. No idea when that will be.
    I have been inside gated playgrounds with my dd at times when it has been busy and lost sight of her for a good minute or 2. These have been times where I have been actively involved in playing with her. They crawl into the tiny crawl spaces designed for tiny people and then get through the other side and then all of a sudden you are thinking "OMG, where is she?". To think that while I am sticking my head into every corner of the play equipment looking for her some other parent could be letting her slip out the gate makes my blood run cold.

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    If another kid is standing at the gate I open it so they can't get out. Once my kids have their shoes on ill look around for their patent or ask the child where their patent is, if they give me the nod I let them out if I can't find them or they say no, I shut the door. Of course I tell the child I'm sorry and they need to wait for their patents before shutting the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~BEXTER~ View Post
    If another kid is standing at the gate I open it so they can't get out. Once my kids have their shoes on ill look around for their patent or ask the child where their patent is, if they give me the nod I let them out if I can't find them or they say no, I shut the door. Of course I tell the child I'm sorry and they need to wait for their patents before shutting the door.
    This is my approach at play centres. I thought this was pretty standard to be honest. Given the gated areas are usually for very young children the parents are never far. I'm never in the coffee part though as i'm yet to have a coffee at a play centre that didn't taste like rust water.

    I have never taken my kids to a McDonald's or an eatery with a play room so haven't given any thought to that one.

    Our parks aren't gated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    I already find parents are too tuned out at playgrounds, the amount of times my son has been treated awfully on a playground and I've had to step in to rescue him, then had the kid give me lip... with no parent in sight suggests parents see a fence as a babysitting service. I also think this is why our council don't seem to put fences around playgrounds any more.

    I'm certainly not a hover parent, but I like to have my kids in my eye view at all times.
    Completely OT, but the council would have stopped gating playgrounds because dog owners use gated playgrounds as off-lead areas. So then no-one takes their kids there, and they complain to council about the dog owners overrunning the playground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Completely OT, but the council would have stopped gating playgrounds because dog owners use gated playgrounds as off-lead areas. So then no-one takes their kids there, and they complain to council about the dog owners overrunning the playground.
    And also because the gates get broken or vandalised and it's too expensive to keep fixing. Certainly was the case with most of the playgrounds when we lived in North Fitzroy - the gates rarely closed properly. I doubt the council would even think about supervision.

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    Haven't read the replies yet but we were at Maccas the other day and I was letting DS1 in to play when a little boy slipped out the gate. I looked around to find his mum and check he was allowed out.

    I thought this was common sense.

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    Haha I can just see it now - kid tries to get out - u restrain kid from getting out - kid screams, kids parent/s go crazy - thread starts on BH about some evil b1tch forcing said kid to stay in area they didn't want too bahaha

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