Teach Your Kids To Baby Their Helmets - It's important to remind your children to treat their helmets with respect. Because, if they abuse them by dropping them, banging them into things, and kicking them (we've seen it all), the lids won't offer total protection in an accident. What happens? These impacts reduce safety by weakening materials inside the helmet. And the tricky thing is, that the damage isn't obvious. The helmet can look as good as new but it's been compromised. This won't happen if you get your children to handle their lids with kid gloves.