Originally Posted by Skruface
I put the blame solely and completely on the friend's parents.
It is their responsibility to monitor the children, as they have accepted the position of caregiver. In the legal world, it's known as "in loco parentis", or "in the place of the (absent) parent.
It is their responsibility to check to make sure the toys they buy their children to play with (and to play with other children) are safe.
It is their responsibility to monitor the children to ensure they play safely.
You can't give a 9 year old kid something like a bb gun/sharp stick/cattle prod/lighter and say "Now make sure you play safe" and walk away, absolving yourself of responsibility.
It's the fault of the parents. End of statement.
Originally Posted by Afya
Ok I get the point, but even when I was 7 I had the common sence of knowing what I should do and what I shoulden't didn't the 9 year old kid have that gut feeling saying "This can get me hurt, I should try to avoid it." kinda thing?
Common sense isn't shared. I wouldn't play frogger on the highway either, but I know people who do that...