As Christmas quickly approaches, everyone is debating whether to buy their kids the latest online gadgets. The thing is that the Internet can be a very dangerous place for a little one and parents need to be extra vigilant if you buy the ever popular iPads, video game systems and PC’s. Julian Gavaghan reports on online safety for Yahoo News.
Archive for December 2012
This week in KidSafety we discussed the fact that the makers of Nanny Naps infant recliners are being sued and also went into just what is wrong with our child welfare system today. Join us!
- Installing car safety seats can be a headache. That’s why officials are setting up checkpoints to try and help.
- The makers of the Nanny Nap infant recliner are being sued by the feds over five infant related deaths. You can read about the case here.
- Ohio is looking to change the way its child welfare system works after the deaths of two children within the state. Something needs to be done to protect these innocent children. Mary McCarty reports here.
- Australia has added swimming and water safety to its PE Curriculum. The rest of the world would do well to follow suit.
- Keeping your children on a regular schedule during the holidays is the best way to keep them healthy and to ensure they have the good time that they so deserve. Kristin Sohl reports for The Columbia Tribune.
Finally, we discussed some of the questions that should be asked of our child welfare systems in America. Why are these innocent children being placed back into the hands of the parents who hurt them? Read along and give us your opinion on this controversial topic.
When you read about tragedies in stories such as “Ohio AG and Group Unveil Changes to Improve Child Welfare System,” by Mary McCarty you really start to question the child welfare system, not just in Ohio, but all across America as well.
In my opinion, the entire child welfare system needs to be tossed out of the window and started fresh. When it was first started, hearts were in the right place, and a difference was made. The child abusers were brought out in the open and stopped or put away where they should be. No child should be hurt by the two people who are supposed to love and protect them above any and everything else.
So, just where did our system go wrong? When did children start being released back into the hands of the monsters who abused them only to end up with lives cut short at an age when they have just started to live? These questions are the ones that need to be addressed by every child care agency in America. When these questions are answered, maybe, just maybe, the system can do its job and protect the innocent like they were originally meant to do.
It is easy to let the holidays for children be all about fun and forget the rules. You really don’t want to do this, because it exhausts them and keeps them from having a really good time. Stick to regular schedules for eating and nap times even when visiting relatives. Remember safety first. Kristin Sohl reports for the Columbia Tribune.
Australia has decided that every child in their country should learn to swim and all about water safety. This has been added to the program to teach about bullying, nutrition, and other child related activities that are prevalent today. Tim Wilson reports for The Australian News on the events and how they will be carried out.
Ohio is looking to change the way its child welfare system is run due to the violent deaths of two of its child residents. The system is flawed and some way needs to be found to protect these children from biological parents who do nothing but hurt them. Mary McCarty reports for the Dayton Daily News on the tragedies of these innocent children and the system that failed them.
The feds are suing the makers of the Nap Nanny for the deaths of five infants. The Nap Nanny infant recliners are made for infants to take naps in and were supposed to be safe. These infants suffocated and there are even reports of them falling out of the infant recliners. Artemis DiBenedetto reports for ConsumerReports.com on the tragedies and the lawsuit.
Installing car seats the right way can be a headache and sometimes complicated to do. That’s why officials set up child safety checkpoints to help parents put car seats into their cars the right way. Safety should always come first when it comes to your children. Do it the right way! Angela Howard reports for WCTV.TV on the facts.
Child safety has been a major concern for a number of years, now experts are starting to think that maybe we went a little overboard. Follow along with this weeks topics and give us your opinion.
- Are backyard trampolines a true safety hazard for our children? Experts seem to think so. Read here and see if you agree.
- Kids inflatable bouncy houses have become very popular over the last few years. Experts however are now reporting that they may be just too dangerous for children. Greg Webb reports for The Legal Examiner on the subject.
- As Christmas approaches, authorities are asking parents to be extra careful with monitoring their children’s online activities. Read all about it in John Dias in depth look for News Channel 5.
- Childrens advocate groups recently released their annual list of toys not to buy your children this Christmas. For the entire list and the reasons behind the recommendations read here.
- The BC Coalition is asking for Facebook to increase it’s child safety on the web. They say that Facebook should be a social media site that parents can trust not fear. Read all about the plea here.
- Finally, we discussed the fact that children do need to be protected, from a mom’s point of view, and the best way to do that. Read here and see if you agree.
I remember when I was growing up my mom seemed to be the most protective mom in the neighborhood. I couldn’t leave the yard and roam the woods, I had to wear a helmet to ride my bike, and heaven forbid if I wanted to spend the night at the house of a friend that she hadn’t known the parents since birth. Recently, I read the article “Should Backyard Trampolines Be Banned?” This article quickly took me back to my childhood because I wasn’t allowed to be on the trampoline either when all of the other kids were having fun.
At the time, I thought my mom was the meanest woman in the world, but now every parent in society is that way, including me. Once you become a parent your eyes magically widen and you see all of the dangers of the world. Yes, trampolines are dangerous, precautions should be taken, and no my child is not allowed to spend the night with anyone I haven’t known since birth.
Children are the most wonderful thing in the world that can happen to a couple. It’s our job to take care of them and if that means banning all things that can hurt them, then well, I’m all for it. How about you? I know the parents out there agree and our kids will too….eventually.