What age is safe to leave a child home alone? This is a question that most parents have asked themselves at one time or another. By the time they hit middle school, kids don’t think they need a babysitter anymore, but whether they should be left in the house alone depends largely on their maturity level. Dr. Komaroff, a professor at Harvard Medical School, gives some rules that you should establish when you decide to let your child try it alone.
The Internet is not safe for our children but every day more and more children are allowed to play on the very thing we are scared of. Recently a company called Fingerprint Digital announced a gaming platform that will not only keep your children entertained but safe as well. Jeffrey Grubb reports for VentureBeat on the gaming platform and its safety features.
In this cycle of KidSafe we discussed talking about child abuse with your children, if shooting blanks at a school safety drill is really safe, and the fact that football may be more dangerous than we thought. Join us and let us know what you think.
- The Roswell RadKIDS class was held from Feb 4th through Feb 8th. The focus was on teaching children safety rules and procedures.
- Recent studies have shown that football may be more dangerous than we think. Will the rules be changed to save our kids?
- Child abuse in a school will be talked about among the children. For tips on how to field their questions read Mary Juhl’s article.
- Is shooting blanks during a lockdown safety drill going too far in our schools? Tell us what you think of this policy.
- Claims on a health forum that the use of buprenorphine and Suboxone during pregnancy can cause SIDS, have raised concern. Read one doctor’s thoughts on the matter here.
- In the end we discussed football and football injuries from the perspective of the cheerleader I used to be and the mother I am now. Football needs to have a few of its rules changed to keep the game we love safe for the kids we love.
I remember the chill and excitement in the air at football games when I was a cheerleader. The rush of seeing the guys on the field and the thrill of a touchdown. The one thing I don’t remember is worrying that the impact of a hit was causing damage to the brains and bodies of the players we all loved in my little hometown. It was fun, exhilarating, and I loved it. But then I was a cheerleader… now I’m a mother.
A mother who is not sure that she wants her eight-year-old son to grow up and play the very sport she adored when she was in school. After reading Roxanne Jones’s article for CNN, “Make Football Safe for Our Kids,” the fear that something can happen, and in many cases has happened, makes that teenage pastime something that horror movies are made of.
As a football fan I love the game and all that goes with it. As a mother I don’t want my son taking part in any activity that isn’t safe. I’m not talking about the normal “safe” that every mother worries about with a football player. I’m talking about the real safety concerns that are popping up now. America loves football but the rules need to be changed to save America’s children before the game we all love is just a memory.
A woman recently wrote on an online health forum that buprenorphine and Suboxone have been linked to SIDS, also known as “crib death.” Whether this is true or not remains to be seen as very little is know about SIDS or its causes. J.T. Junig reports for Psych Central on the heartbreaking topic and on his findings on the subject.
April Daniels Hussar has written a post for The Stir on Cafemom.com about a Chicago school that recently shot off a pistol with blanks in it during a lockdown safety drill. The idea was to get the kids used to the sound of gunfire. What type of message does this send to our children – and is it safe to shoot even blanks in a school?
A parent’s worst nightmare is finding out that their child has been abused. However, when it happens in a school, word gets around and children will talk. Experts give some tips in Mary Juhl’s article for WinonaDailyNews.com on how to talk to your children about this type of abuse and how to handle their questions.
The problem of brain damage resulting from injuries sustained while playing football has made it to the White House with even President Obama saying that if he had a son, he would have to think long and hard about whether he would allow him to play football. While football is an integral part of American culture, our kids’ safety is more important. Roxanne Jones reports for CNN.
The Roswell RadKIDS class will be held on Feb. 4 through Feb. 8th. The class focuses on kid safety and teaches children safety at home, at school, and in the car. It also teaches them about stranger danger. Jonathan Copsey reports for Northfulton.com on the event and where it is held.
This cycle in KidSafe we discussed everything from the tragedy of losing a child to making sure that your child’s new iPod Touch is safe for them to use. Join us!
- It only takes a few seconds to lose a child and once they are gone there is often no getting them back. A few minutes of thought is all it requires in some instances to prevent tragedy.
- While you enjoyed seeing the look on the face of your little one when they found a brand new iPod Touch under the tree, there are still safety precautions you need to take. Here are a few tips to ensure your children are safe while playing.
- SIDS or SUID is an awful and tragic thing that happens for no apparent reason. Would changing the definition of this syndrome help parents to cope?
- Playgrounds seem to be less safe in poorer neighborhoods, resulting in more playground injuries every year. Find out why here.
- Did you know that your child has reached digital maturity by the age of 11 and that your infant probably already has a digital footprint? Scary, huh?
- Finally, we discussed the fact that parents need to get over the “it can’t happen to me and my kid,” mentality. The world is not what it used to be. We need to adjust and use a little bit of common sense to keep our own children safe.