Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:37
There was a large laburnum tree hanging over our hedge at the top of our drive - it was in the next door farm's garden - there were several others in the village too. Every time we walked past the tree when we were small Ma would tell us it was poisonous and that the seeds looked like peas and they were poisonous too and we mustn't touch them - that way as soon as we were old enough to run around unsupervised we knew not to touch. When we had friends come around to play we told them it was poisonous too. No child in the village ever ate laburnum seeds, and we all played out and around the village unsupervised by adults from a very early age - you could in the 50s and 60s.
Impress on children what is dangerous, and supervise them until they are old enough to do as they are told and understand the consequences.
Of course, that does mean that parents have to teach their children about consequences, and sometimes that doesn't happen nowadays