We put our kids in carseats in the car, we put helmets on them to ride their bikes, so why not when they are sledding? Many children have been injured or died of brain injuries due to sledding accidents and enough is enough. If it is safer, why not just do it? DadCamp reports for Babble with his thoughts on helmets and sledding. What are yours?
Archive for January 2013
Are you a helicopter parent or one of those parents who thinks eating dirt is part of childhood? We discussed this and many other topics this cycle in KidSafe. Join us and give us your thoughts on these subjects.
- After being kicked off of Facebook by his dad for not following the rules, this preteen set about creating his own kid-safe website. It is doing well and has over 7,000 followers to date.
- Putting your child in a car seat is one thing (and I highly recommend it) locking the doors of a business so your toddler can’t slip out is another. Read all about the issue of extreme overprotection in Joslyn Taylors article for D Moms Daily.
- Matthew Bellamy’s parents refuse to let his death be in vain. They get the word out on gun safety in every way that they can so this doesn’t happen to another family.
- Is having armed police officers in our elementary schools going too far or is it the next logical step to protect our children?
- Statistics from 2012 are showing that more children in North are likely to die in accidents in the home, or near the home than in any other place in Israel. Read Judy Siegel-Itzkovich’s article to find out why.
- Finally, we discussed what is overprotective and what isn’t. What type of parent are you? Feel free to discuss it here.
I will be the first to say that I am an overprotective parent and that there are tons of things I could do growing up that I wouldn’t dream of letting my little one do now. Then I run across articles like Joslyn Taylor’s “When Childproofing Goes too Far,” and have to step back and take a look at just how overprotective I have become.
Locking the door to a business so that my toddler can’t escape is going just a little too far to me, yet if I think about it when my son was that age, I honestly wanted to do the same thing. Padded playgrounds didn’t come soon enough for me as I worried about every little scrape, bump on the head, and fall at the playground before then. Okay, so I still worry but that is beside the point here.
I’m the type of parent whose child has to wear socks in the house because the floors may have germs on them and God forbid if my child picks up something and eats it after it has dropped to that possibly dirty surface. I remember my mom employing the five second rule for anything that wasn’t sticky or wet, and shudder. But why? If you think about it our generation grew up fine, with our drinking out of water hoses, and running around barefoot all summer long.
I think these things, but know that the next time the fork drops on the floor or my child has a dirty mouth, I’ll become helicopter mom once again and swoop in to save them! What about you? What type of parent are you and is it the type you want to be?
Recent statistics show that more Children in North have died or been treated in emergency rooms over the last year, 2012, than in any other part of Israel. These accidents are happening more inside of the home, or close to the home, instead of in car accidents. The majority of these deaths were preventable as well. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports for The Jerusalem Post.
There is a debate raging over the need to have armed police officers in our elementary schools in the wake of the tragic events in Connecticut. Two elementary schools in Totowa will now be paying an armed cop to be on school grounds during school hours. Do you agree? Does this make a bad situation worse or will this truly protect our little ones? One reader gives his opinion for Northjersey.com on the subject.
The Bellamy family knows that talking to people about gun awareness will never bring their eleven year old son Matthew back, but they hope that it will prevent another child from dying due to parents just not being aware of gun safety. Matthew was shot and killed at a friends house by a gun that had been carelessly left on a bed. Traci Bridges reports on the tragedy and the good that the Bellamy’s are trying to do in spite of it for Myrtle Beach Online.
Today’s parents are 10x more protective than the parents of yesterday were. Germaphobes, electric socket covers, and padded playgrounds seem to rule the day. While I am all for keeping our little ones safe, did we not make it to adulthood in one piece? I’m not sure about the rest of you but my parent’s certainly never followed me around to make sure I didn’t eat a speck of dirt. Joslyn Taylor gives us her opinion on the subject for D Moms Daily.
When 12-year old Zack Marks‘ dad caught him not following the rules on Facebook, he did what any good parent would do, he made him deactivate the account. Zack was upset of course, but then decided to create a kid-safe website of his own. He enlisted the help of his brothers and sisters and now the site has 7,000 users to date. Stephanie Grimes reports for KSL.com.
For this cycle of KidSafe we discussed everything from talking to your children about gun safety to the fact that child safety seats save lives. Join us!
- A Burnley school is taking whatever measures needed to ensure the safety of their children. The Burnley Express reports on the topic.
- Steps are being taken to make sure that the ratings on apps for kids are not as confusing as they have been in the past. Read about what is being done on post-gazette.com.
- Recent tragic events have many people rushing out to buy guns without thinking about the possible consequences. Regardless of how many guns you have it is important to sit your children down and stress the importance of gun safety.
- Car seats save lives. This is something that one Australian family will forever believe in following a crash that resulted in both of them being hospitalized but their children remaining safe.
- Durham schools met recently to discuss ways to protect the young children in their care after the painful tragedy in Sandy Hook. Read all about the event here.
- Finally, we discussed the fact that child safety seats save lives. We didn’t do this by throwing out statistics, but by just pleading to parents’ caring natures everywhere. Our job is to protect our children. You do that whether they are in the car or not, right? What are your thoughts on the subject?
I recently read an article about two kids whose lives were saved by their parents’ using proper safety precautions with their car safety seats. Kristy Martin’s article “Children Saved by Proper Safety Belts During Car Rollover” should really bring home to us the necessity of protecting our children when we are on the road.
I won’t pretend to know all of the statistics of children who have died because of not being in the proper car seat, just as I won’t pretend to know the statistics of children who have died because of not having car seats at all. What I will say is that if one child’s life is saved because the parents just take that little extra bit of time to buckle them in properly, then that is enough for me.
Yes, it is the law to have your children in proper car safety seats but that shouldn’t be the reason you do it. It should be for the safety of your child. You don’t let your children play in the street do you? You don’t let them cook at three years of age do you? The same principle applies here. Keeping them safe is our job as parents and that job doesn’t end when we put them inside a vehicle. What are your thoughts on the subject? Share them with us here.