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Letting your kids sit on Santa's knee......yay or nay?

  • 16-12-2014 9:40pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,609 ✭✭✭ AudreyHepburn


    I came across a post on Facebook today about a mother who took her child to visit Santa and was shocked to be told that he could only stand beside or sit next to Santa not on his knee because 'You can never be too careful'.

    There are calls in Australia at the moment for the practice to be banned altogether.

    What are my fellow boardsie's opinions on the matter?

    Personally I see no problem with it whatsoever. It's a lovely tradition for children imo and I can't see the good in teaching them it's not safe to sit on Santa's knee.

    I can't understand why it's so hard for people to accept that their children are statistically more likely tone abused by some-one known to them than this mythical dangerous stranger on the prowl.

    Edit: Poll added for curiosity

    Do you/ Would you let your children sit on Santa's lap? 45 votes

    Yes
    0% 0 votes
    No
    84% 38 votes
    Don't Know
    15% 7 votes


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,598 ✭✭✭ rizzodun


    I came across a post on Facebook today about a mother who took her child to visit Santa and was shocked to be told that he could only or sit next to Santa not on his knee because 'You can never be too careful'.

    There are calls in Australia at the moment for the practice to be banned altogether.

    What are my fellow boardsie's opinions on the matter?

    Personally I see no problem with it whatsoever. It's a lovely tradition for children imo and I can't see the good in teaching them it's not safe to sit on Santa's knee.

    I can't understand why it's so hard for people to accept that their children are statistically more likely tone abused by some-one known to them than this mythical dangerous stranger on the prowl.

    I dressed up as Santa at a wedding two weeks ago and for school last week, I've dressed up as a clown a good few times and the fact that some parent could be over zealous and expecting some type of inappropriate situation to develop is always in the back of my mind. Saying that I've never even had one dirty look never mind a complaint. It's madness but unfortunately you can never be too careful.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,686 ✭✭✭✭ punisher5112


    The world has literally gone mad.

    PC gone out of control.

    I think the whole Santa and Christmas is a magical time and it is for the children the Santa part....

    I think it is so cute seeing all the kids so excited and happy.

    Yes there are murderers and paedo's and just all in all sick f##ks out there.


    I for one think it is gone way overboard and I as a guy am afraid to think someone could just say I looked at a kid wrong or anything...


    It is a scary world and I beleive all the santa's out there have a hard job to do and am sure they are a little afraid that they could be seen as something so horrible and yet have never and never would harm a child.


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 8,490 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Fluorescence


    A shopping centre santa is hardly gonna be trying anything on with a child who's being supervised by their parents and will spend all of a minute or two on his knee.

    Frankly, ridiculous. A stranger is the least likely person to abuse your child.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,956 ✭✭✭✭ fryup


    whats the world coming to

    are we coming to the point in which we have to do a background check on every santa out there??

    its ridiculous


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,673 ✭✭✭ jam_mac_jam


    I actually feel a bit sick thinking about that and how people could take something so innocent and see anything sexual about it. That would honestly be the last thing on my mind. Has this in fact ever happened to any child? Are we going to imply that any man is a likely child abuser if he is not watched all the time. The parents are standing right beside them.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 35,514 ✭✭✭✭ efb


    I think Garda vetting would be important


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,513 whupdedo


    If santa was a woman, would that make these mentalists more at ease, as they obviously see every man as a child abuser waiting for Christmas to dress up as santy claus to feel up all the little kiddies


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,609 ✭✭✭ AudreyHepburn


    efb wrote: »
    I think Garda vetting would be important

    Oh absolutely, I agree that Vetting is vital. But no more than that.

    Refusing to let little Johnny or Mary sit on his lap is OTT.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,609 ✭✭✭ AudreyHepburn


    fryup wrote: »
    whats the world coming to

    are we coming to the point in which we have to do a background check on every santa out there??

    its ridiculous

    That I wouldn't mind to much as long as it ends there.

    If Santa is found to be in the clear then that should be that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 262 ✭✭ qt3.14


    I know one of Santa's helpers ;)
    He has to get vetted every year. That's a large dublin shopping centre mind, so I'd say all similar are the same.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭ Tayla


    I have no problem with mine sitting on Santa's knee..... IF they wanted to that is, I hate seeing parents force their kids onto this strange mans knee so that they can get a photo, what's the point in the photo anyway if the child is balling their eyes out?


  • Registered Users Posts: 98 ✭✭✭ Ahhhhh its grand


    I actually wouldn't be surprised if shopping center santa's need to have some sort of clearance to get the job. Seems like every other job that involves children requires one.

    As for the the general question of the thread...of course I would let them. Sure you're there standing beside them anyways :pac:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,635 ✭✭✭ Pumpkinseeds


    This paranoia about all men being potential pedophiles has gotten out of control. How on earth did we all survive without being molested since our parents weren't obsessed with predators?:rolleyes: I don't believe that there are more pedophiles now than there were in the 70's when I was a child or in the decades before that. I think it's a paranoia perpetuated on social media and online parenting sites. How on earth did we get to a point where men are afraid of accusations being made, simply because they were in the same room as a child:confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,485 ✭✭✭✭ Supercell


    Of course I would and have. As to checking, there would be decking if any funny business was happening !!

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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    OP, as you have started an identical thread elsewhere, I'm just going to close this one.


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