Here's an eye opening story I came across on twitter by journalist and war correspondent @Michael_Yon, 'Bomb boys' more common than many parents may believe. As I replied back, kids can be curious& mischievous, I guess they don't always grow out of it...I have two sons like this...God forbid they do something like this...
"MOSES LAKE (VIDEO) - Mathew and Constance Glencoe never knew how far their son's interest in explosives had gone until Dec. 28, 2011, when he was almost killed by a homemade pipe bomb."
The Glencoes, of Moses Lake, are featured in Michael Yon's forthcoming book, “The Bomb Boys.” Yon lists several basic indicators and ingredients parents can watch out for if they suspect their child is toying with explosives. These are:
- Match heads
- Aluminum foil, especially when rolled into small balls
- Rocket motors and igniters
- Notebooks with drawings of explosive devices
- Web searches relating to bombs or bomb making
- Nitrate fertilizers
- Hydrogen peroxide
Parents are also advised to listen, as boys often brag about their bombs or bomb-making experiments.
- Legal fireworks dissected to build bigger devices
While I wouldn't want to discourage their interests in science, they must be made aware that their home is not a laboratory and any 'bomb making materials' or explosives should not be used in the home even for experimental/educational purposes. All of these projects should be done in a lab under direct supervision regardless of their age. In addition, proper first aid kids and safety measures must be available and applied, but most of all teens and kids should not be encouraged to work with explosive chemicals/devices regardless of the educational value.
How do you handle a curious child/teen when it comes to science exploration?
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