I was amazed yesterday when in Diss (South Norfolk) to see just how many children were riding around on modified BMX bikes, which have no brakes.
During one short walk I saw one boy fall from his bike as he swerved to avoid a car reversing out of a driveway. He had to fall off because he had no brakes. He and his mates thought it a great laugh, but this is another case of parents just ignoring their children and their responsibility to ensure their children are safe.
Perhaps for the kid in question, it "isn't cool" to have brakes. Perhaps for the parents, they don't want to start a row, but to my mind, it's just plain bloody stupid to let a child out without brakes on their bike.