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LuganoPirate – 11/09/2015 20:08 GMT
IIRC (from my high performance aircraft training, in 1996) the reason they want you to don masks is that in the event of an explosive decompression (just means the pressure drops rapidly), the pax will lose consciousness in seconds, rather than minutes, but brain damage comes later, so it is important that the parents/guardians are on O2 first and then they can look after their kids.
I’m not sure how you explain that without causing a lot of angst/stress with some pax.
There is a comprehensive article about the topic, here