It has and will continue to be asked if detecting is a family friendly activity. Pros (bonding, teaching, quality time, etc) and cons (possible injury, death, divorce, etc) abound. There isn't a simple answer unless you dont have a family, in which case you need only worry about personal perceptions. One consideration is the terrain of the area you are detecting. I consider most of the areas I detect as not suitable for most kids. The biggest danger is the chance of trips and falls into such things as shallow diggings, gullies or mineshafts. Shafts can vary in depth from 5m* (approx 16 feet) to over a hundred metres deep (over 300 feet). Some can be barely visible where thick grass and scrub is growing. Most of my local mates wont take their dogs out with them for fear of them dropping down a hole. Speaking of thick grass and scrub, there are huge amounts of fallen timber and branches in our forests here in Vic. Logging ceased about 25 years ago and its illegal to cut or collect fallen timber except for designated areas. Lots of slip/trip hazards for kiddies and adults alike. Many insects and critters live in the undergrowth and fallen timber and also the underground. Getting bitten by an insect or critter can quickly change everybodys day. I wear jeans and gumboots year round. Keeps my lower half safe from snakebites. Not many visible snakes when detecting in my experience. I scrub my searchcoil along the ground so I make plenty of noise. Check all holes before stepping into them. In my part of Vic. the main biting critters in rough order of likelyhood of encountering and being bitten by are: Mosquitoes - Oct thru May. In the Vic. "Golden Triangle" they are not known to carry malaria or other viruses such as Ross River etc but still bite any exposed/unsprayed skin. In summer they mainly hang around creeks, damp shady holes and gullies. At dusk they all come out for a feed and find you wherever you are. March Flies - December thru April. These are a type of horse fly. Bite through double teashirts. I spray clothing as well as unexposed skin. These leave 1-2cm welts after they bite, but if you can manage to not scratch at them they will dissappear after an hour or 2. These buggers swarm in the summer. "Jumping Jacks" - Ants - Oct thru June. These hunt in packs and are incessant biters if they find bare skin. Most likely type of nest to stand on and get attacked. Wear jeans with legroom to pull down over the outside of your gumboots. They cant bite through jeans. These are the most likely thing you will pick up in a handfull of dirt while trying to find a target and get a bite. Bull Ants - Oct thru June (other months also but only a few). These operate differently to jumping jacks. When you get within 1-2 metres of a nest roughly 6 to 12 will come towards you until you move away. If you dont move away they will crawl onto you. Then many more will come out to have a go at you. This usually happens when you trying to dig or find a small or deep object and stay in the one spot for more than a couple of minutes. Their bite is fairly painful but backs off after the first few minutes. Swelling (like your entire ankle) is not uncommon, but unless allergic you wont die. Try and explain this if any of your loved ones get chewed whilst they are screaming their head off and tearing clothes off. European Wasps - Oct thru June. Oww, oww, oww. Beware of open drink containers. Repeated stingers. Avoid and move to a different area. Less common but very active in the warmer months: Centipedes - Massively painful bite. Encounter when digging and handling bark, soil etc. Size 3-10cm. Bees - Not too common but they're about. Scorpians - Not very big in Vic. but I still dont recommend touching them. Never been stung but Ive been close a couple of times. Happy prospecting everyone! Footnote:* - Anything less than 5m deep is considered to be hole rather than a shaft.