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The Week contest - Childproof neighborhoods
A Florida homeowners association has decided to protect kids by banning ballplaying, bicycles, and skateboards on the complex's roads and common grounds. What is the next step the association should take to shield kids from all possible harm?
This is a fun free zone.
This is a fun free zone. ThinkStock/iStockphoto
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elcome to "What Next?", The Week's contest about current events.

Click here for the results of the previous contest: American ambassadors

Last week's contest: A Florida homeowners association has decided to protect kids by banning ball-playing, bicycles, and skateboards on the complex's roads and common grounds. What is the next step the association should take to shield kids from all possible harm?

THE WINNER
: Keep them in the womb until they're 18
Ethan Furman, Los Angeles

SECOND PLACE: No running with or without scissors
Rich Herbst, West Chester, Pa.

THIRD PLACE: Lock up all the adults
Margaret Lee, Sioux Falls, S.D.

 
HONORABLE MENTIONS
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Install rubber floors
David Horesh, Overland Park, Kan.

Require all kids to wear helmets even when walking
Ken Kellam III, Dallas

No hoodies allowed
S. Joseph Fior, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Provide contraceptives to all adults in the community
Ty Fedak, Tempe, Ariz.

Mandatory bubble-wrap jumpsuits
Alan Parven, Commerce Township,Mich.

Stop the earth from turning
Ken Meier, Tonopah, Nev.

Replace birthday cake candles with iPad candle app
Angela James, Westminster, Md.
 
Provide school uniforms made from Nerf
Noah Kopp, Lake Mills, Wis.

Give them all guns
Charles Huber, Gettysburg, Pa.

All embryos must be cryogenically frozen, as gestation and birth pose certain untenable risks
Deborah Rose, St. Louis

Require helium-inflatable skivvies for sinkhole escapes
Mike Zeaman, Reno, Nev.

Lock them up and throw away the key
Kathy Holstrom, Oak Hill, Va.

Ban residents
Jeffry O'Connor, Palm Desert, Calif.

Post speed limit on the park slides 
Wesley Jung, Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Safety nets under all trees
Jere Hinkle, Grass Lake, Mich.

Don't let them eat the meatloaf at the neighbors' house 
Woody Salkin, Carmel, Calif.

Require homeschooling while wearing body armor
Francis J. Calverase, St. Thomas, Pa.

Ban imagination
Dave Rous, Duluth, Minn.

Mandatory OSHA training in order to use playgrounds
Brian McFadden, Lubbock, Texas

Ban TVs, computers, double-decker hamburgers, soda pop, and doting grandparents
Middleton Train, Fort Washington, Pa.

Replace jungle gyms with reading circles
Beth Simon, Oakland
 
Separate them from their parents at birth
William L. Dok, San Jose

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