Reading Hariati Azizan’s article for The Star Online entitled “Just Seconds to Lose A Child,” surely broke a lot of hearts. I know it broke mine. The stories in that article, the deaths that could so easily have been prevented, is heartbreaking and makes you think about just how fragile life is. One minute everything is great, then with one simple wrong decision it can all change in a heartbeat.
The mentality that “it can’t happen to me or my child” is overwhelming and just human nature. I cannot count the times that I’ve seen a child out after dark by themselves, or the times that I’ve seen young children wandering around Wal-Mart without an adult in sight. In the news every day we see stories of children playing outside alone that disappear, or children getting kidnapped from places like Wal-Mart, never to be seen again.
The point of all of this is that just following basic common sense could prevent so many of these tragedies. Parents today need to realize that the safe world that many of us grew up in is a thing of the past. Today, you have to worry about letting your child wander the aisles of Wal-Mart alone, much less wandering the streets of your town after dark. If you have to worry about a lunatic shooting up an elementary school then it’s certainly time to take a look at just what you let your children do when they are in your care. Just saying…
The world is changing fast and it seems to be getting more and more dangerous for kids as it changes. Leslie Meredith reports for the Huffington Post that kids have reached digital maturity by the age of 11 and that parents are having the Internet safety chat with their children way before they have the safe sex chat. There are ways to keep your children safe however.
Recent statistics show that children’s playgrounds in the poorer neighborhoods of Chicago seem to be more unsafe for children than those in more affluent areas. The reason is that so little of school budgets gets allocated to playground safety. Mike Wilson interviews an expert to find out if the same situation exists in Indiana.
The definition for SIDS and SUID are a little cloudy to say the least. The uncertainty of not knowing what caused the death of your beloved infant leaves many parents feeling guilty and unable to function and go on with their lives. Do the definitions need to be changed? Mark Harper reports for The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
While an iPod Touch is an awesome device to help keep kids entertained on trips – or just keep them entertained at any time, really – they do have a number of features that just aren’t safe. You can’t watch your children the entire time they have the product in their hands, so Cool Mom Tech has supplied us with some precautions you will want to check out.
Hariati Azizan’s article for The Star Online just proves that America isn’t the only country where we need to be extra cautious concerning the safety of our children. The stories that Hariziti tells in the article are heartbreaking and could have been prevented with just a little bit of common sense. Every parent in every country needs to realize that the world we live in isn’t as safe as it was in the past.
This cycle in KidSafe we talked about everything from sexual predators on Facebook to parents fighting over who is right when it comes to vaccinating their children. The issues are hot this cycle – come in and join us.
- Facebook privacy and the protection of our children on social media sites has long been an issue. Leslie Meredith reports with some tips on how to protect your children from the sexual predators that may be stalking them on Facebook.
- The debate on whether vaccines are safe for our children still rages, even after recent research declares that the current vaccine timetable is safe to use. Many parents don’t think so. What is your stance on vaccines?
- Kids’ safety in schools, and on school buses, is getting to be more of a concern not only in America but all over the world. Parents should not have to worry about sending their children off to learn in the mornings. What do you think should be done?
- Are school suspensions really safe for our children? There has to be a better way to deal with unruly children, right? Leonard Edwards thinks so.
- Keeping our kids safe is a parent’s number one concern but sometimes you have to let them stay home alone and you worry the entire time. Here are some tips for how to keep them safe when you can’t be there with them.
- Finally, we had a discussion about parents fighting over whether they should vaccinate their kids or not. The decision has to be up to the individual in my opinion. What are your thoughts?
In the last 10 years, research shows that there have been over 25 different vaccines added to immunization schedules that our children “must” have in order to go to school and for their safety and well-being. The numbers on this may not be exact, but the idea of my child having five or six shots in one well-check visit was too much for me – and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.
After reading the article “Vaccine Timeline for Kids is Safe “by all existing data”, Shots don’t Cause Autism or Asthma, Panel Finds,” in The Daily News, I am still not convinced that vaccines are safe for our children. You see online forums where mothers fight back and forth – very heatedly I might add – all day long over whether it’s right to choose not to vaccinate your children. As a non-vaccinating parent I truly try not to get into these hen fights, but some of the mothers are a little more than anyone can bear without striking back.
My opinion on the matter is simple. It’s your family, your child, and your life. What you choose to do about vaccinations for your children is simply up to you. No one is wrong and no one is right in this debate. Everyone has to do what they think is right for their own family.
As for whether the vaccines are really safe – who can say. In my opinion, way too many vaccines are given for reasons that we aren’t even sure of. A lot more research still needs to be done to find a definitive answer in this debate.
Most parents these days have to work and in many cases it’s necessary for kids to take care of themselves until their parents can get home in the afternoon. Of course, we worry constantly about all of the things that can happen while we aren’t there. Will Yakowicz reports for the Bayside-Douglaston Patch with some tips on how to keep your kids safe and help your peace of mind.
It happens more and more frequently now: a child gets out of hand, the teacher reacts, and the student is suspended. But is this really the way to go and is it actually a safe way to deal with an unruly kid? There are schools out there that have found an alternative to suspension and their suspension rates have dropped significantly. Leonard Edwards reports for Mercurynews.com.