Do Skateboards Come With Attitudes?

Posted April 21, 2010 by

*Sigh*… Kids and their wheels.  It all starts out so young and innocent, doesn’t it? 

I remember dragging around a Fisher-Price “Little Snoopy” dog as a tot (which, other than being a beagle, doesn’t look like the Peanuts’ Snoopy at all).  Then I had one of those rickety, old, metal baby walkers from the (ahem!) late 1960s.  They were the baby version of bumper cars for me!  Then came my love affair with roller skates and bicycles …Then there were skateboards.  While I considered myself a tomboy, I never gave much thought to riding or owning a skateboard; my definitely-not-a-tomboy sister didn’t, either.  The universe has a sense of humor, though, as it blessed me with 2 sons, who are now of skateboarding age and interest.  Thus, I am paying closer attention to the kids I see on skateboards these days … and some of it disturbs me.  Other than the obvious concern a parent has for their child’s physical safety, skateboarding has recently grabbed my attention for another reason:  Attitude. 

During the after-school program at my kids’ school, a group of 6 – 8 boys, ranging in ages from about thirteen to eighteen, descended up on the (K – 5) school that my kids attend.  I have seen small groups of skateboarders before, but didn’t pay much attention to them, other than to be annoyed at their occasional disrespect of people (including other children) when riding on the sidewalks.  However, this time it was worse. 

The kids parked in the school’s back parking lot and entered through a side gate (which was intentionally left open for parents to pick up their preschoolers).  A few of them then proceeded to slap down their skateboards and began zipping around the school blacktop.  A few staff members asked them politely to leave, as they were clearly not students at the school and were trespassing.

 Parents were picking up their children from the after-school program – adults and small children were in the parking lot and on the blacktop.  The skateboarders continued to zoom around these areas, weaving around objects and jumping off of low ledges.  They acknowledged the requests to leave with a sneer and a snide attitude. 

It wasn’t until a few more adults – parents – repeatedly threatened to call the police that the skateboarders finally packed up and left.  During the entire time they were being asked to leave, each one took turns displaying offensive, graphic hand gestures, as well as foul language.  I overheard one parent say that they thought the kids had been drinking alcohol.  From my estimation, these kids were mostly minors!

It was beyond disrespect.  These kids had a rebellious, in-your-face attitude that I’ve rarely seen before.  My 6-year-old and 9-year-old sons, as well as some other students, witnessed it all.  I was appalled and frightened.  Is this a common theme among skateboarding kids?  While I hesitate to generalize to any group, this incident gravely concerned me. 

What has been your experience with skateboarders?  Do any of your children skateboard with others?  Do you have any concerns about skateboarders (other than the serious risk of physical injury)?  Did you share them with your kids?

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  1. Skateboarder mom (Edit) Report

    I was drawn to your article because my 15 yr old is a skateboarder and snowboarder. I find the two sports share similar characteristics. My son prefers individual rather than team sports and he sets goals to land tricks which gives him a sense of accomplishment. He sees buildings and steps with a whole new beauty. I like that this gives him the opportunity to explore and be a kid in a way that I remember. { I realize this is now called “free range” parenting.} Other than the potential for injury, I am concerned and wish he would find something else. I do not brag to other parents that this is his hobby. I listen to his excitement of his adventures with faked interest and pray this phase will end soon.  Why? Because of the image of the sport of skateboarding. The image is of a long haired, tattooed, skinny jeaned kid smoking pot or cigarettes doing tricks on public property and mouthing off if he’s asked to leave. My son does not fit this image, to my knowledge, but I worry he will be influenced. Right now he says it’s fun to surprise people by smiling, being polite, or saying “Hello” when he rides by them because it’s not what they expect. He skates with a friend who looks more like the typical image but is a very pleasant teenager. I guess we need to continue to encourage and teach kids to be friendly, caring, and considerate of others no matter what activity, manner of dress or looks they take on.

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  2. losing my cool (Edit) Report

    I am having that exact problem right now this family moved in and there kids skateboard in the assigned coverd parking and one day I notice shoe prints on my car I comfronted there parents and of course she started saying there good kids and had them apologize. Thinking that would be the end of it.suddenly my car was keyed and they still keep riding.with disrepectful parents why would they have respect

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  3. Matthew O'Meara (Edit) Report

    Hello,
    My name is Matthew O’Meara. I am a skateboarder, a college student, and a good person. I am insulted that this type of judgement takes place. I have been skateboarding all of my life and I can tell you that it, by no means, has made me a disrespectful person, nor has it led me into a group of miscreants.
    I am currently attending Manhattan College, with the intended major of mechanical engineering. I know about ten other young adults in my school that are skateboarding and are currently pursuing a tough career. Skateboarding has kept me out of so much trouble throughout my life. I was raised in a nice area, but I know many skateboarders in not so good ones. Drugs, alcohol and other law-breaking activities were a normal thing for over people. If anything, skateboarding has kept me and many of my friends out of trouble.
    Skateboarding is a passion that I can say we all love in our community. It brings many different people, with very different backgrounds together and its really, with lack of a better word, a beautiful thing. So if you don’t want your kid to be a skateboarder because of a crappy image, please rethink it.
    It is a great physical activity and gets you to think in a different way. It is not competitive (unless its in a competition…) and is mostly a thing where everyone builds up from other people helping. Let your kids skate, keep them away from the crap brands that try and bring us down (with a crappy image) and enjoy your day.

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  4. Old Skater 37 (Edit) Report

    I grew up skating in the 80’s. Skating was different back then in my suburban town. It was a little bit edgy for then, fairly prosaic by modern standards but totally rejected by the adults of the time. Despite being despised by society at large, or because of it, it seemed like every white and asian kid from every neighborhood was doing it… good kids, bad kids, upper middle class kids, poor kids, smart and dumb. A few black kids even did it but not many.

    My personal upbringing was hopelessly disfunctional and broken. Despite being a skate rat from a bad family situation, I was a “good kid” getting top grades, never getting into trouble and going off to arguably the most prestigious university of my graduating class of 600. When the skate fad faded in the late 80’s, only the diehard enthusiasts remained. It couldn’t be said that we were as a group more rebellious or delinquent than our non-skating peers. There did not seem to be any connection whatsoever between skating and drugs, booze or rudeness. Sure, we scraped the painting off curbs from our trucks, stole some wood to build ramps (not me), some of us smoked pot and all were harassed by cops. As I think back, these skaters were far better kids than the football team. My experience with the coach role model theme was mixed; sometimes coaches are a negative influence. Anyways, the only stereotypes observed of skaters of the time were that the other skaters seemed to be bad students and they represented all socio-economic classes but the wealthy. Since then, I’ve realized that even these stereotypes were not always correct for that era. It was just a small sample in one region that formed my stereotypes.

    Skating was dropped around 16 because of injury. It was picked up again about 3.5 years ago. Living close to a modern concrete skatepark, I had to give it a go and just push around a bit as there was never anything that cool growing up. The bug has hit, and I’m now skating the most extreme pools and ramps in addition to ledges and flip tricks. Serious injury has not cut into the addiction. I try to skate everyday if possible.

    After picking it up again, it is apparent that times have changed in skating. First, the skating is much better, skaters are more serious and the money is more lucrative. The money is there for those lucky and talented enough. The talent level is so extreme that every successful pro skater must develop a marketing niche more than a unique bag of tricks. To give some perspective: every big skatepark has kids that could have been mid-level or top pros in the 80’s. Every kid does the same tricks nowadays. The key to success is knowing the right people, “bro-ing down” and a marketing gimic.

    It is obvious that skate culture is far tougher, meaner and delinquent than what I saw in the old days. These companies have consulted with marketing experts (I guess) to devise a formula that exploits disaffected impressionable kids from the wrong side of the tracks (Baker, Nike, etc). Some of the profiteers are old skate geezers that couldn’t hack it on the outside. Some are private equity or other types of business mercenaries. The existing “core culture” is just a facade. Skating is only about fun. Period. In theory, it should truly embrace any and all, but the status quo moves in a direction that promotes a lawless rockstar image over anything else. Kids living in a nihilistic black hole flock to the culture because they are bored and it looks exciting. They are without persperctive, oversight and enticed by the thrills. I see it all the time at the skateparks now; kids are more about smoking pot, rude and snide behavior and are totally miserable even after they finally land that switch heelflip over the euro gap. Eventually, these skaters realize they like the culture more than actually skating and just hang out all day smoking pot in their cars, etcetera.

    I can’t say in the end that these kids are worse off as a group. The times for all teenagers are rougher. Many don’t have someone to take them to little league or access to a positive older role model. It is a function of the total destruction of the traditional family structure that has unfolded over many decades. Also, there are many positive attributes associated with skateboarding alluded to in previous posts… the freedom, the fulfillment, the harnessing of concentration, looking at things with a new perspective, etc. So even if the skate culture and environment is bad, some kids will reject the bad influences and most should reap the positive attributes. It’s something of a trade-off.

    I also noticed that skating is more multi-ethnic nowadays. There are many black skaters. It is more accepted by adults. Also, it is more accepted by non-skating teenage peers. Skating is a lesson in diversity.

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  5. skaterkid (Edit) Report

    i understand ur concern as 99% of the stereotypes about skateboarders snowboarders etc are about fighting and drugs.but thats just what u c and hear about in the media u never hear about the kids like me and my friends who train just as hard as a hockey player would because we see skateboarding as a sport while u probaly see it as a gate way to drugs from the media.iv got into the situation many times where people threaten to call the cops on us because were riding but the only reason that we dont wanna leave is because every time we go to a new spot to skate we either end up getting yelled and cursed at then they call the police or they decide that its a good idea to bring in physical force and start to take our stuff brake it and hit us wich usally goes right back to the media part and i just get tired of it and learn to block out what other people are saying. i know that yes there are kids who do smoke while skateboarding but i play hockey and i know for a fact that theres just as much drugs and even more violence in hockey than skateboarding and if ur really concerned about the drugs attitude and violence then u should think twice about letting ur kids goto highschool because i hear more swearing there then at a park skihill or rink and see more drugs than at any of those places

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  6. Mike S (Edit) Report

    Well, I skate as well but i understand what you mean. Alot of skaters think its cool to disrespect other people. When i skate i let cars and people go first and if they tell me to leave once. i pack up and leave. Not ALL skaters are like that. Alot are though. Just make sure your kid hangs out with the right people. Have them come over and you can see how they’re like too!

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  7. Momoofaskater (Edit) Report

    I’ve read all of the comments and just have to respond! My son is 14 and has become a paid skater this last year – they call them “Ams” in this industry, even though they are being paid. (Pro skaters have either a board and or shoes/clothes with their names on them). I have been doing the skate thing for the past 6 years and even went as far as owning an indoor skate park. I have encountered every attitude seen in these comments! From my experience, the culture does glamorize smoking marijuana and “chillin” with your friends and at the same time the Ams and Pro’s work exceptionally hard to learn what they do and only the truly dedicated and those ready to bring pain to their bodies make it. Contest skaters are some of the most practiced athletes around. The dedication is unmatched in most sports to those at the highest levels. With all that said…many kids and teens see this and try to emulate what is advertised to them. I believe that whether they go the route of being dedicated and driven to the highest level or just stay hanging out and smoking pot has to do with how much support they have around them.

    I am one of a few parents I know that has paid any attention to what these kids do. So much has to do with where most of these kids come from and how society views skateboarding. I’ve been around them when they have received racist, demeaning comments from people putting them down just because of their skateboards or color of their skin. If a kid was kicking a soccer ball through an uncrowded parking lot – everyone would look and think, “good kids out playing”. Put those same two kids in the same uncrowded parking lot on skateboards and people shake their heads and think “hoodlums”! Not to mention, a police officer may stop them and tell them to leave! Not fair. I’ve actually seen this happen.

    I had a skate team of kids ages 18-23. They were dedicated to skating everyday and trying to “make it” and become famous pro skaters. Unfortunately what most are doing is living off of either their parents or girlfriends, hardly working, selling pot to pay for their skate equipment and getting high every day.
    Maybe on the wrong course in some opinions, but not bad people though. Helpful, respectful and some were good at mentoring other younger kids at skateboarding. These kids are ALL from very poor homes, would probably be considered “at-risk” youth, either only had one parent or were raised by another family member. Skateboarding to them, is a way out and a dream. It may have even saved some of their lives. It may never be what they envision it to become for them, but I don’t believe they are out to hurt anyone. In fact they are decent kids that have used a culture and sport to do what will someday help them to succeed in whatever they end up doing…Just as long as they don’t end up in jail for the marijuana or trespassing charges that so many get charged with.

    Skate magazines attempt to market their skaters as “rock and roll” bad boys mostly. Most of them aren’t as bad as they are marketed, just depends on the team/brand. My son has come from a different background as most, has been dedicated and is very polite. He doesn’t want to do drugs, and works very hard. One would think these are good qualities that will serve him well. It’s actually been an obstacle in dealing with the skate industry which is mostly kids that have come from lives of hard knocks.

    I have no real point here, just that I hope it gives even a few people an extra thought when they encounter their next skateboarder. It may be good or bad, correct or wrong – but isn’t that with any person, sport or situation? Everyone is different and everyone has a story and different life experiences. Judging by not knowing only hurts everyone. Go out and make a difference and find out about people that you may think are different only because of what they look like or what they do. If you have a child who wants to be a skateboarder – support them as you would if they were playing tennis or soccer. Most likely they will not disappoint you in the end because they will know you care. Most of them do not have someone like this. Stay and watch them skate, be proud of them for what they are doing is totally within themselves – no coaching, only pure determination and their own creative will to be good at something. Just because it is not “an organized” sport, doesn’t make it bad. In fact, I would argue that is what is good about it. It creates kids that think for themselves and always stand up and applaud a good trick when they see one no matter who does it. In my almost 2 years at the skatepark, I never encountered a problem with any of the kids. No fighting – just everyone getting along. The saddest part was that the younger kids needed someone to show what they just learned to – and their parents were no where to be found. I agree with Marcus…skateboarders deserve respect – as long as they are deserving of it 🙂

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  8. marcus (Edit) Report

    hello, i am a 15 year old skateboarder my self, and i came across this page while I was writing an essay about skateboarding. I think it is an outrage that youth of my generation that like to skateboard, get look down on if they ride a skateboard, and what blue john is saying, i never would do drugs because i think it would make me a slaker and not want to skate. so anyone here that actually skateboarded befor ewould relize how hard it is and how much of a workout it is, and i think skateboarders deserve more respect..

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  9. justathought (Edit) Report

    I agree with the statement above and think that skateboarding does lead to bad attitude and drug infested invironment. I think that skateboarding is a sport and I would go round and round with my son about this because he felt we did not support his sport but supported his brothers choices like baseball,football, etc. I told him that organized sports involved adult supervision and skateboarding does not that is the difference. In our local skateparks everytime a police officer pulls up they all skater like ants but when a police officer pulls up to a baseball game you don’t see the players grab their mitts and run do you? No, thats because there is nothing being hid because it is being supervised by adults. I have had a lot of experience with the skateboarding community and I know of many well manored kids that do many things behind the backs of their naive parents. I have witnessed much more delinquint behavior from the skateboarding sport than with any other sport hence, why they are given a bad reputation.

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  10. bluejohn (Edit) Report

    Stay away from the skateboarding culture if possible. The culture is based on “slacking” and “rebelling”. Provocation and narcissism will be encouraged by peers.

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  11. Mannie (Edit) Report

    My 15 year old son uses his long board for inexpensive transportation that can allow him a bit more control and freedom over his life before and after school. As long as he uses his freedoms with respect he can continue to enjoy this privilege. There is a city maintained skatepark within riding distance of our home. However, my son does not frequent this park very often because of the types of people that gather there.

    I can see how someone might draw a conclusion about skateboarders based on what you see at the park but that isn’t the whole population. I find it hard to deal with disrespectful youth in whatever sport or group they hang in. I have met so many teenagers in recent years (due to my kids all being in that age group) and have come to the realization that teenagers are not necessarily a reflection of their parents. Kids really do struggle to figure out who they are and how they fit into this crazy superficial world we live in and many kids have parents that are not engaged in their lives. My heart actually goes out to the kids you met at the school ground because they act out because they are trying to find attention and are looking for it in the wrong place.

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  12. Susan Engel (Edit) Report

    Thanks for your comment, Sam! I am very sorry if I in any way offended you or your family.

    As I mentioned above several times, I want to AGAIN reiterate that I by *no means* intended to place a negative stereotype on ALL skateboarders or offend ANYONE. My reaction occurred to ONE incident with ONE set of kids; perhaps it was more out of my concern to shield my kids from any negative role models and potential danger, as well as just being apalled at the rude behavior that these particular boys displayed on that day. That’s all.

    As a matter of fact, your post gave me much hope because my sons now seem to be drawn to skateboarding and they, too, are learning respect and resourcefulness.

    I applaud you, your family, and your comment! Keep up the good work, Dad. Thanks again for taking the time to voice your opinion. 🙂

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  13. sam (Edit) Report

    You are way off base regarding skateboarders! It is actually a sport that requires great concentration and skill. My son, my nephews, and their friends have skateboarded for many years and are respectful individuals. They are very resourceful in finding interesting locations to skate, building ramps, boxes and rail systems. My son has learned about construction engineering from these experiences. These projects were also great father/son bonding times. Money was earned and then materials bought at the local lumberyard. I loved having his friends come over and spend many afternoons and evenings skating at our house.

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  14. Susan Engel (Edit) Report

    Thank you for writing, Kimberly! I must say that I am overwhelmed with the examples I have been given thus far of caring, considerate, respectful skateboarders (given by equally caring, considerate, respectful parents!). I have been truly humbled (and a bit humiliated at my reaction).

    My spirits are buoyed by stories like that of your son, as well as those of other parents who’ve commented on this subject! If my sons ever take up skateboarding seriously, I would love to have them view examples of kids who have developed respect for the sport, their teammates, and others, like your son has. I couldn’t think of better role models than the boys mentioned in these comments!

    I know that I may be beating this into the ground, but I want to again reiterate that I by no means intended to place a negative stereotype on ALL skateboarders or offend anyone. My reaction occurred to ONE incident with ONE set of kids; perhaps it was more out of my concern to shield my kids from any negative role models, as well as just being apalled at the rude behavior that these particular boys displayed on that day. Like Misty said above, it is probably that those boys would be disrespectful no matter WHAT sport they chose to engage in.

    Thank you so much for your comment! You have helped give me a balanced perspective to skateboarders and I commend you for raising such a terrific son!

    I’m really sorry to hear that there are not more skate facilities for kids who love the sport and that they must resort to skating in “places that aren’t conducive to the sport” because people damage the few parks available to the skaters. That’s a real shame. I can see how frustrated they must be! It sounds like that needs to change if we want to change the negative cycle that these boarders are in …?

    Thanks, again, for taking the time to comment! 🙂

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  15. Susan Engel (Edit) Report

    DebJ: I really appreciate you leaving this comment. It really helps to put this issue into perspective!

    I am SO relieved to hear that there are groups of skateboarders who are polite, considerate, and supportive kids to help set good examples for our youth.

    Again, I deeply apologize if I offended anyone. As usual, my snap judgement was erroneous and overgeneralized and I stand respectfully corrected. This article emerged out of ONE experience with ONE set of kids and my subsequent trigger reaction of such rude behavior, as well as perhaps a little “mama bear” emerging to protect my sons from a potential threat (and undesireable examples of behavior).

    Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on this topic! As with my reply to Misty (above), you seem to be a caring and considerate parent — traits that you have passed along to your son, no doubt! 🙂 I admire you greatly.

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  16. Susan Engel (Edit) Report

    Thanks for writing, Misty! I wholeheartedly agree: Those boys probably would have had the same disrespectful attitude no matter WHAT sport they engaged in (or not)!

    I want to emphasize that I am sorry if I in any way implied a negative stereotype to skateboarders. I think I was just appalled at the time that this took place and perhaps made some rash judgements, which was totally wrong on my part.

    Thank you, again, for taking the time to write! I can see from your comment that you are a considerate, objective, caring parent, and thus I have reason to believe that your sons are, too! I can only hope that my boys turn out to be good boys like yours. 🙂

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  17. Kimberly (Edit) Report

    I have a 17 year old son who has been a skateboarder for quite some time now. It is unfortunate that anyone is stereotyped in any scenario but it happens everyday nonetheless. My son is an amazing kid and is very talented with a board. I am certain that there are times when he makes mistakes and poor choices in how he responds to people who have a negative perspective of skateboarders. I have explained to him that he needs to respond with the love of Christ no matter the situation. I have witnessed the prejudice and pre-judging many times when I have watched him skate. It is very sad. I have also witnessed groups of skateboarders who act very foolish and contribute to the negative image of skateboarding. People need to keep in mind that skateboarding is a sport just like basketball or hockey and it is what they do, not who they are. It is also difficult for most kids to find a suitable place that they can skate. There is a great skatepark in the downtown area here but that is 20 miles away. There is really no place local for them to go. This leads to the issue of skateboarding in places that aren’t conducive to the sport. Then….you have the negative people who trash the parks that are built in the communities which contributes to the prejudice. It’s an on-going cycle.

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  18. DebJ (Edit) Report

    Hi I am a mother of a 14 year old boy who has been skateboarding for the last 5 years. Before he started skateboarding seriously and became friends with a large number of skateboarders I was concerned he would mix with a bad crowd. In truth I was inclined to believe the stereotyping – rude, tough and drug taking. I can say the stereotyping could not be further from the truth. All of my son’s mates are polite and look after each other and even help the young kids at the skate parks.

    While my son’s skate competitions are obviously individual competitions the comarderie and support showed by each of the competitors ranging in age from 6 to late teens surpasses anything I saw when my son played football and baseball. While I of course am concerned about injury (that could apply to any sport) I would highly recommend any parent to introduce skateboarding to their children.

    Unfortunately I have observed teenagers that come from every socio economic group that play a wide variety of sports that are disrespectful. Don’t let one bad incident turn you off.

    regards

    Deb

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  19. Misty (Edit) Report

    It’s not the skateboards making the teenagers disrespectful. We have 5 children, the oldest 3 boys, 15, 13, and 10. They love to skateboard. They are not disrespectful at all, they are very good boys. They do get in trouble don’t get me wrong. But overall good boys. And my husband and I ride motorcycles and we aren’t hoodlums either. 🙂 What those boys did at the school I agree was wrong, but they probably would have done it whether they had a skateboard or not. Like Philip says just pay attention to who they hang out with.

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  20. Susan Engel (Edit) Report

    Thank you for writing back, Philip! *whew!* I’m so glad tha I didn’t offend you. I was worried about that!

    You are absolutely right: we all have our opinions and often times, we can learn from one another! That’s the beauty of this website and especially, the blogs. 🙂 And I eat every ounce of it up because, Lord knows I have a lot of room for improvement in the ole’ parenting department! 😉

    Thanks, again, for taking the time to write. I appreciate it very much! Best of everything to you as we continue our epic parenting journey.

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  21. Philip (Edit) Report

    Oh heavens, no offense taken. I don’t offend very easily. After all, everyone has an opinion and when we listen to them we often actually learn something. 🙂 I tend to analyze too much in my responses so no problem there. Thanks for replying.

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  22. Susan Engel (Edit) Report

    Thank you for your reply, Philip! Your points are well taken. And I apologize if I in any way implied that all skateboarders are rebellious, disrespectful individuals. I most certainly do NOT agree with that statement. Like you mentioned, I think it is more of a “culture” than anything else.

    I pay attention to the children my sons choose as “friends” because I want to know what interests all of them — what they find intriguing, challenging, fun, scary, etc. And yes, indeed — if their choice in friends changes to (who I deem to be) a potentially less-desireable group, then I think a concerned, caring dialogue is appropriate. Not to interrogate my sons or their friends, but to discover why my son(s) were attracted to that particular child or children. I would hope that this would let my sons know that I care about them, who they choose to pal around with, and my values.

    I assure you, it was *not* my intent to judge or sterotype anyone. I was merely relaying my reaction to a specific, one-time situation.

    I deeply apologize if I inadvertently offended anyone. I know plenty of skateboarders (and motorcyclists, for that matter) who are respectful, wonderful people because I count some of them among my friends! 🙂
    Again, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this subject, Philip! I greatly value your feedback.

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  23. Philip (Edit) Report

    I expect you will find this is the stereotype for boarders. Part of it will be grounded in truth, part will not. From my experience as a child and an adult, rebellious kids tend to gravitate toward skateboards mainly for cheep transportation and entertainment. With little structure at home they need something to fill the time. Skateboards don’t make a rebellious child.

    It is the same battle that we see with motorcycles. Many rowdy and disrespectful groups choose to ride around on bikes. Everyone that has a bike is not rowdy or disrespectful though. I think research would prove this out as well. There is a definite culture around the skateboard involving everything from cloths, slang, and behaviors. Most pros, such as Tony Hawk, actually try hard to be a positive role model though.

    All that to say, I would be more worried about the friends your boys choose regardless of interests and less worried about the interest. If they start to change friends to a less desirable group because of an interest then I would get more involved. Again, because of the choices of friends, not strictly the interest.

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