Being a good parent in the age of the Internet takes more than just telling your children not to go to this or that site online. You have to protect your children online just like you do in the real world. Internet predators are just as dangerous as the man who could grab your child from a Walmart parking lot. Susanna Freymark reports for the Wentworth Courier.
Archive for December 2012
Parents are devastated all over the world as we try to make sense of the senseless tragedy on Friday. It’s hard to know what to say to your children or if we should try to shield them from everything that is being said. The experts say to talk to them, make them feel safe, but at the same time try to keep them from seeing everything the media is reporting. Michelle K. Smith reports for Newser.
Merritt Central Elementary school has a new pickup and drop off point for parents after some concerns have come up about the safety of the students when they are getting dropped off or picked up from school. Emily Wessel reports for The Merritt Herald on the subject. You can read about where and why the change is taking place in her article.
The CPSC has released an injury report for accidents and fatalities caused by toys. More than 262,000 children were treated in emergency rooms last year for injuries that were caused by toys or toy related. The report also includes 13 tragic deaths that were toy related as well. Gillian Burdett reports for examiner.com on the report and the steps you can take to keep your children safe.
A parent can never protect his/her child enough. While this is true, most parents would still try to push their efforts and give their kids the closest that they could to ensure a safe place for them. Childproofing wonders and some news from the young people’s get-go are this week’s highlights:
- The health and safety of our kids are two continuing battles that we all fight for in such a hostile environment. The Maryland Health Department cites a proposed banning of standard bumper pads (in cribs) as these have been found to be causes of suffocation, leading to child and infant deaths. Andrea K. Walker’s full cover story can be read here.
- If there is another group of people who are responsible for (and concerned about) your children’s well-being, it’s the health care community. Recent incidents of children swallowing laundry tablets have caused doctors to urge parents and manufacturers to childproof such household products. Read more of the report in Caroline White’s story.
- Home hazards can be in various forms – from the smallest to the largest of things. Common items that catch children’s attention are phones and TV remote controls. Find out what you can do to childproof these and protect your kids from possible injury.
- The home office is one of the places you don’t want your kids in. The sad fact is that you can’t really control them as much as you’d like. Nevertheless, you can protect them by childproofing your office. Rob Maxwell shares some tips in accomplishing this.
- Accidents are accidents – there isn’t much you can do. Or is there? Take a look at the recent cluster of incidents that is taking over Houston, TX, and what you can do to prevent your kids from having to experience the same.
- There are different kinds of parents these days. One which seems to be at the top of the list is the kind that works all day. Most times, these people still have work to do when they get home – at night and even during weekends. The home office becomes their second favorite room in the house, by default. This week we talk about how we can provide protection and safety for our kids when keeping an eye on them during the hours spent at the home office. Read more on “Make the Workplace Work for You and Your Kids.”
Most homes these days have offices for those late night workings on deadlines and urgent projects. This is the ideal setup for most people who lead busy careers and hectic schedules. It is another story for people with children, though.
It is no secret that children have their way of believing that the world (which in this case, is your home) is their little castaway adventure and that everything in their way is definitely okay to study and meddle with. This is all too cute and adorable, until they reach your home office. From papers flying here and there to climbing up to your lap and taking over control of your computer, words can never describe enough the possible scenarios.
The right – and quite possibly the only one – way to go is to provide a safe environment for the children to lurk around, even while you are deep and drowning with work. Childproofing the home office is recommended for all homes, especially for families with younger children and working parents who can’t monitor their kids all the time.
Rob Maxwell has a rather helpful article on this subject, “10 Tips to Childproof Your Home Office.” Rob covers everything necessary, from the most basic advice like removing tiny objects from the reach of children and keeping huge objects in check for falling or toppling over, to the more manual tips like controlling various access points across the room and securing your wires and cords. His 10 simple tips do not spare you the need to look after your kids – that is given – but will definitely improve the safety of the home office’s environment and may prevent the occurrence of potential accidents and hazards. Check out his full article for a more detailed set of instructions.
If you want anything to fall down on your little kids, it’s probably not your TV sets. Unfortunately, such has been the case for a number of households in Houston, Texas. The children experienced injuries, of which one of the most serious was a skull fracture. Read more from Todd Ackerman’s cover report of the incidents, as well as a few tips on how to prevent this from happening in your own home.
Keeping up with a busy schedule and meeting all those deadlines can be tough. What’s tougher is juggling between working at your home office and looking after young children. You can’t do much about all that infinite energy and decision to explore every corner of the house. What you can do is childproof your home office. Rob Maxwell shares his expert advice on how to childproof you home office in ten steps.
Small tykes can be very experimental and curious – that’s just how they are. What parents can do is to try their best in providing a safe environment. Common pieces of interest are the TV remote control and phones all over the house. Find out how you can childproof these items by using hard covers, dummies, and other tips and tricks from this parenting advice article.
Doctors have seen quite their share of childhood poisoning recently. The cases have been commonly due to children accidentally swallowing laundry or dishwasher liquitabs, which contain harmful content for the children’s bodies. As a response, doctors suggest childproofing these household substances to prevent these accidents. Caroline White tells us about the incidents and more in this OnMedica article.