After reading of the near tragedy in Victoria recently in Laura Banks’ article for the Northern Weekly entitled “Swim and Survive: Time to Turn the Tide on Child Drownings,” I realized that it could have been any one of us parents who nearly lost a child due to the fact that we haven’t taught them to swim. All focus in child safety at the moment is about guns, gun safety, and how we can protect our children in an increasingly violent world. While I agree that this is important to our children’s continued safety, let’s not forget the little things that keep them safe as well.
Nine out of ten children will be in a pool, lake, river, or at the beach often in the upcoming summer season. It’s important to teach them to swim and all of the swimming safety rules that go along with that. Having a child in the water, whether it is a pool or a lake, means they should be able to know how to swim before you put them there. Many children have drowned because we tell ourselves that teaching a child to swim can always wait until they are a little older. Don’t put off what can be done today. Sign your little ones up for swimming classes, and have a little peace of mind when you are frolicking in the water this upcoming summer.
In today’s world of modern technology, children want a mobile phone at younger ages every year. It’s not uncommon for children to have a phone before the age of 10 these days. The problem is that today’s mobiles connect to the Internet and other places with no parental controls at all. In that case, what can you do to protect your children from the predators in the world when they are on their cell phones? Tanith Carey reports for the Mirror.
From Columbine to Newtown, Connecticut, we have all seen what a gun in the wrong hands can do. They destroy innocent lives and leave those left behind devastated and unable to move on. That is just one side of the coin, however. There is another side where parents, and even grandparents, are teaching the young children of our nation to shoot a gun, to have respect for the gun itself and for other people. There is much debate on whether this is the solution or the cause. Brent Hunsaker reports on the subject for ABC 4.
The story here is from Victoria, Australia, but it could easily be anywhere in America or in the world. Teaching our children to swim at an early age not only lets them be comfortable in the water, but may very well save their lives as well. Laura Banks reports on what could have been a tragic event, and what you can do to stop it from happening to you, no matter where you live, for the Northern Weekly.
Recent inspections show that what our kids are eating in the school cafeteria may be one of the biggest threats to their safety out there. Everything from mice droppings to unsafe oven temperatures have been reported. Monica Buchanan reports on the rising problem for NBC Connecticut. What can be done to protect our children at school in the cafeteria?
Kidsafe Youth Programs Inc. is celebrating 20 years of bringing low-cost defense and safety classes to children. They focus on kids from 5 to 20 years of age and have had a lot of success. They are proud to have done so much to help the community and children as well. PRWeb reports on the event and the program.
For this cycle of Kidsafe we discussed everything from Chuck E. Cheese’s security measures to the tragedy of missing children. Come in and tell us what you think of this week’s KidSafe topics.
- Missing children is a scary subject. Most people think that when a child goes missing it’s usually because of a stranger. Actually, it is usually a parent abduction. Tony Loftis reports for the Huffington Post.
- A recent article about a TV toppling and ending the life of a two-year old little girl has gotten parents thinking about the dangers in their home. Read about the tragedy here.
- Chuck E. Cheese’s has a better security system than most of America’s schools according to Victor Fiorillo of The Philly Post. Read his article and see if you agree.
- Many child deaths, if they are accidental or due to illness, are not widely reported to the public. See what one panel review board is doing about it on OA Online.
- Blaming Hollywood for gun violence is just a cop-out according to Ronald D. Rotunda of The Washington Times. Read all about it in this article.
- Finally, we discussed missing children and the fact that many of them are abducted by a parent. Most of us don’t think that can be as bad as being abducted by a stranger, but do we really know for sure?
When a child dies, no matter what the cause, it’s tragic. However, deaths that are accidental or due to some kind of illness are not reported to the public as much. One organization doesn’t like that though, and has been reviewing all child deaths from age one to 17. Jon Vanderlaan reports on the panel and what they are doing.
Since the Newtown shooting, schools have been getting more vigilant about protecting the children who we leave in their care every weekday morning. It still doesn’t seem to be enough as in most schools, children can just leave with whoever they like. I blame it on poor staffing and low budgets but that is neither here nor there. Chuck E. Cheese has a better security system in place to protect our precious children than most of America’s schools do. What’s wrong with this picture? Victor Fiorillo reports for The Philly Post.
Many of us have grown complacent and don’t check things the way we should to protect our children. You honestly don’t think of your television as a hazard but it can be. A two-year old and a five-year old have been killed recently in two separate incidents when a television toppled over and they were crushed beneath the heavy appliance. ABC News reports on the tragedy and the fact that we all need to be a little more vigilant in our home safety precautions.