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?
In recent years many schools have switched to having peanut-free cafeterias. What happened to the days when if you were allergic to something you went to school and stayed away from it? That is the question that many parents are asking at the moment as peanut free school cafeterias have created a bit of a fuss. You would think that with all the concerns about the cafeteria not even being a safe place to eat, (read on “How Safe is Your Child’s Cafeteria?”) making them safer would be a top priority. Instead, parents are fighting over whether their child should be able to take a peanut butter sandwich to school or not.
In my humble opinion I would rather my child wait and eat his peanut butter sandwich at home than be the cause of another child’s death. Peanut allergies are not like other allergies, yes you can die from ingesting anything with peanuts in it, but it is also an airborne allergy and even the oil transferred from a school lunch table to a child’s hands can trigger a reaction.
Do you really want your child to feel responsible for another child’s death because he had to have a Reese’s cup in his lunch? If a school has a child that is allergic to peanuts then it needs to be peanut-free. I’m sure you would agree… if it was your child. What do you think?
The Safe Touch program has been in place for a successful 30 years now. It has managed to get the messages out to children across the nation that there are certain kinds of touching that are not allowed. Erin Wiltgen reports for The News of Orange County in “Safe Touch Program Honors 30-year History.”
It seems that the school cafeterias in the Metro area aren’t as healthy for our children as they should be. These local schools have failed inspections more than is healthy in recent months. Children get sick easier than adults making it doubly important to make sure that conditions in the school cafeterias are as they should be. Jennifer Kraus reports for NewsChannel5.com, “How Safe is Your Child’s Cafeteria?”
The recent tragedy that led to the death of young Jessica Ridgeway has parents and police officers on their toes when it comes to making kids aware of stranger danger. You don’t want to scare children, but you do want them to realize that this is a a serious situation, and that they should always be alert. Meagan Fitzgerald reports for 9 News in “Police Officers Teach Kids About Stranger Danger.”
Parents in Flinders are being cautioned and asked to talk to their kids about stranger danger after a 9-year old boy was approached by a man who tried to lure him into a white van. Parents are strongly urged to keep a close eye on their children and to talk to them about the ever present danger of talking to strangers. ABC News reports in “Stranger Danger Warning After Child Approached.”
It seems that there may be a form of “stranger danger” going on at the polls this election. You have to be very careful who you hand your ballot over to and be extra cautious. Learn more about this as Zahid Arab reports for King5.com in “Stranger Danger Becomes a Part of Politics.“
Bullying has always been bad for children, now it has gained new attention in the wake of the Amanda Todd tragedy. We focused on bullying, cyberbullying, and what can be done to prevent them this week.
- A forum is being held to promote the safety of our children and to speak against sex offenders. You can read about it here.
- Norfolk parents start a campaign to keep their children safe with a new crossing this week as well.
- San Antonio students are working with anti-bullying advocates to stop bullying.
- In the wake of the Amanda Todd suicide parent’s are searching for answers to stop bullying. This tragedy has really opened some peoples eyes.
- The Ross police department is taking a stand against cyberbullying. Read about it here.
- Finally, we issued a heartfelt plea for parents, and people in authority, to truly listen, watch, and learn from our children to stop bullying before it gets out of hand. The key is to care enough to do all three.
The Amanda Todd Tragedy has touched the hearts of millions, just the fact that a mere 15-year old child could be tormented enough by her own peers to take her own life is enough to make any parent sick to their stomach. Thestar.com ran a feature on what can be done to stop cyberbullying, or any bullying really, in: “Amanda Todd Suicide: Tips to Handle Bullying from A Kids Help Phone Expert.”
The fact remains that if your child doesn’t tell you they are being bullied there is little you can do. Many kids keep these things to themselves because they are scared that they won’t be believed or the bullying will just get worse. All of the commercials and youth programs in the world will not stop bullying if people who are in charge don’t truly listen.
Don’t just assume that the problem lies with your kid or that this is a “problem student,” the only way to stop bullying is to band together against it, and above all else listen, watch, and learn from your child. Watch to see if they act scared or depressed for no apparent reason. Listen to what your children are saying and read between the lines if you have to, and above all learn from other peoples mistakes. Tragedies like Amanda Todd can be avoided if someone just takes the time to care.
Cyber Bullying is just as real as physical bullying, something that has been proven by recent tragic events. The Ross Police Department is taking a stand and trying to teach parents some awareness tips on these issues. Jill Tayor Spero reports for Northhillspatch.com in: “Ross Police Provide Online Safety and Cyber Bullying Awareness Tips for Parents.”