Recently some small business owners have been contacted via phone and solicited to sponsor books that support the local hospital. This is not the case and small business owners are being warned not to fall for it. Kate Matthews reports for The Daily Examiner in: “Small Businesses Warned: Beware of Kid’s Book Scam Calls.”
Archive for November 2012
In an event that could very well have ended in tragedy, a transit driver saw two little four year old boys playing on the side of a busy highway. He got the kids into his public bus and called the police. It later came to light that the boys had left a daycare center and were not missed for around 40 minutes. Clementine Cureo reports for Herald Sun in: “Hero Bus Drivers Kid’s Safety Warning.”
While you realize the obvious things that you should do to keep your newborn safe, have you ever thought about some of the things that aren’t so obvious. Things like light fixtures on the ceiling above the crib, and paint fumes from painting months ago can possibly harm your baby. Rosemary Sadez Fridemann reports for Siouxcityjournal.com in: “Consider Paint Fumes, Lights, Safety When Planning Nursery.”
Bullying has become a major problem around the world and has been in the news more than usual because of recent tragic events. We talked about what can be done to stop bullying and much more this week in KidSafeInc.
- It’s time for school report cards – and I don’t mean the ones your children bring home periodically. You can read all about the report cards that your school gets here.
- Bus safety is one of the main concerns of most schools, especially with the winter months coming up. Superintendents have released some bus safety tips that need to be followed.
- Monkey bars, broken arms, and taking risks are the topics that many parents can’t agree on. Bubble wrap on those same monkey bars? Now, we’re talking!
- Stopping bullies has become a serious undertaking for U.S. attorneys, who are doing their best to get the word out. No child deserves to be bullied, and someone needs to make it stop.
- Lessons learned when young can confuse you when you are older and raising your own child. Is stranger danger applicable when you can’t talk to a stranger even if you are lost? This and more questions were examined here this week.
- Finally, we discussed some tips for stopping bullying in our schools. Awareness and parent involvement is key to success.
With recent tragic events, the need to stop bullying has been put on the front burner more than ever before. In Laura Duffy’s “Stopping Today’s Bullies, Tomorrow’s Abusers,” she brings up some very good points. Statistics do show that bullies grow up to be violent offenders in many cases. However, the main focus should be on the many children who are being bullied physically and mentally on a daily basis in a place where they should feel safe. Below we will go into some tips on how to stop a bully at school. These aren’t iron clad solutions – but at least here’s a start.
Awareness that the problem is there is the first step. If you don’t let someone know you are being bullied then they can’t do anything about it. School authorities should be on the lookout for bullying – but they can only do so much. If you are being bullied or suspect someone else is, don’t be afraid to go and tell. You just might save someone’s life.
Parental involvement is one of the main keys to end a bullying situation. Most bullies pick on people that are weaker than them. Something most parents certainly are not. Tell your parents and let them intervene for you. Above all don’t just sit and take in being bullied, because there are things that can be done – you just have to take the initiative and step forward to confront the issue.
Children are going to have meltdowns, and needless to say, so will parents. It’s how we handle the meltdowns that need to be dealt with. There are so many things that we are taught in childhood that are outdated now – or in some way are just wrong. Stranger danger is a double-edged sword. Should our child trust no stranger? But what if they are lost and need to get back to us? Fiona Cunningham reports for The Independent and brings up some very good (and at times confusing) points in “Lessons from a Meltdown.”
Monkey bars are fun for a child – and a parent’s worst enemy. However, recent studies show that it might be best to let our children take risks. This isn’t a new tradition, since our parents and grandparents did the same with us right? Well, they did – but look at us now. You can read all about what one parent thinks, including his idea of wrapping monkey bars in bubble wrap, in Tralee Pearce’s article for The Globe and Mail, “Risky Play is Good for Kids, Even if They Break arm, Researchers Say.”
Walking to and from the bus stop can be dangerous for children – so can not following proper procedures on the bus itself. Superintendents take this very seriously and have issued some tips on being safe on, as well as off of, the bus. David Burleson reports for The Avery Journal in “From the Superintendent’s Desk-School Bus Safety.”
Did you know that schools get report cards? Not many people do. These reports cards can go a long way towards telling you if the school your children are attending is safe. High rates of suspension and violence are key things to look for when perusing a school report card. Ann Doss Helms reports for WCNC.com in “How Safe is Your School?”
School cafeterias have recently made the news in a big way. Everything from peanut-free cafeterias to the fact that our school’s lunch rooms may not be the safest place for our children to eat has been causing major controversy. Read on to see what side of the lunch room you fall on.
- Stranger danger has come to the polls this election, so be careful who you hand your ballots to.
- Parents in Flinders are being cautioned to warn their children against talking to strangers after a boy was approached recently. You can read about it here.
- Police officers are talking to children about stranger danger after the tragic death of Jessica Ridgeway. While we don’t want to scare our children, we do want to keep them safe by teaching them the ins and outs of safety.
- It looks like school cafeterias in the metro area are falling down on the job. Read about it in Jennifer Kraus’ article for NewsChannel5.com.
- Safe Touch has a 30-year history that it is very proud of. You can read about the program and its accomplishments here.
- Finally, this week we dove into the controversy surrounding peanut-free school cafeterias. This is a major issue at the moment. Peanut-free or not? Where do you stand?