Child Development and Tractors
Tractors are the leading cause of death to children on farms. Child development influences children's safety in the agricultural setting.
Children and adolescents are different from adults in many ways. A few of those ways are obvious – you can quickly look at a youth and identify
whether he or she is as big as a typical adult, or whether he or she is likely to grow more. However, most ways youth are different from adults are not obvious when you look at them.
These differences lie in the youth’s brain, and can’t be seen by anyone.
The roles of physical, perceptual, cognitive, social and sociocultural development are vitally important when deciding whether or not your child is ready to safety operate a tractor.
Review the posters and videos below for more information.
Physical Development and Tractors
Try slouching down in a tractor seat, this is how a child sees. Children are physically limited in their ability to safely operate tractors. Click on the poster below for more information.
Perceptual Development and Tractors
Remember when you were young judging the speed of an oncoming car. Research shows that children don’t perceive distance, speed, and surroundings as well as adults. Click on the poster below for more information.
Cognitive Development and Tractors
A short attention span that is disruptive in class could be fatal while operating a tractor. Thinking skills and attention to details of children and adolescents are not fully developed until early adulthood. Click on the poster below for more information.
Social Development and Tractors
Are you a role model for safety? Parents wearing a seatbelt are modeling a safe behavior that their children are likely to follow. Parents and peers can exert great influence on how children conduct themselves. Click on the poster below for more information.
Sociocultural Development and Tractors
We all multi-task, but safe tractor operation takes full attention. If an operator is dividing attention by driving and texting, this will jeopardize safety, as can other sociocultural factors such as lack of sleep and choosing fashionable clothing that might pose a hazard. Click on the poster below for more information.