When you think of missing kids, you very seldom think about them being taken by their own parents. Research shows that over half of the child abductions that take place are by parents who are ripping their children away from the only life they ever knew. Whether it’s because of a messy custody battle or just to make the other parent suffer, parental child abductions are still kidnapping, no matter how you look at it. Tony Loftis reports for the Huffington Post on the problem.
Archive for March 2013
For this cycle of Kidsafe we discussed everything from choosing a favorite child (really?) to a device that stops teenagers from texting and driving. Join us and let us know what you think of this cycle’s topics.
- While the majority of parents would never dream of choosing a favorite child, believe it or not it does happen. Find out how this can negatively affect the entire family structure in Devan McGuinness’ article for Babble.com.
- A group known as Kids in Danger recently brought it to everyone’s attention that while product recalls are dropping, injuries to children from the same products are on the rise. Find out more on the subject on Boston.com.
- Ronnie Rucker has done parents everywhere a huge service by inventing a device that will stop teens from texting and driving. Read all about it here.
- Texas may soon be offering gun training classes to its high school students. What do you think of the proposed bill?
- A new probiotic-derived treatment is said to be able to help premature newborns survive a condition known as NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis). For more information on the treatment visit Science Daily.
- Finally, we discussed the alien concept – at least to me – of choosing a favorite child. How could you decide who was your favorite? It’s insane! What do you think?
I recently read an article by Devan McGuinness for Babble.com entitled, “New Study Says Choosing A Favorite Child Negatively Impacts the Whole Family,” and was totally baffled. I wasn’t baffled by the study – I believe wholeheartedly that a parent favoring one child over the others can affect a family negatively. No, what I was baffled by was the idea that any parent would choose a “favorite” child.
Honestly, how can any parent who loves their children choose a favorite one? I know it happens – believe it or not I have seen it happen among my friends. That’s how I know that the studies are true. Not only does choosing a favorite affect the other children, but it’s hard on the entire family. The child who is the “favorite” is of course under constant pressure to continue meeting the parents’ expectations, while the least “favorites” are left wondering why they don’t measure up.
The parents suffer as well, although that doesn’t bother me very much. If you choose a favorite child then you deserve to suffer. I’m not just talking about birth parents either. If you choose to blend a family, then every child, stepchild or otherwise, needs to be loved and treated equally. What are your thoughts on the subject?
A probiotic-derived treatment may be the new hope for better survival rates among premature newborns. We know that good bacteria, found in our intestines, has several health benefits for adults. Science Daily reports on a new study into the benefits of probiotics for infants with a very low birthweight. This will hopefully give premature babies a fighting chance.
A bill has been proposed in Texas that, if passed, will offer gun safety courses to high school students in the state. The hope behind the bill is that if teens know more about guns and gun safety, then they will be more careful and able to handle a gun if the need arises. Brix Fowler reports for Kens5.com.
Ronnie Rucker recently decided that there was no way his kids were going to be statistics if he could help it. Most parents realize that texting while driving is now the number one reason for teen deaths and would love to find a way to stop them from texting while behind the wheel. Rucker set out to do something about it. His invention has snowballed and it seems everyone wants one. Jeannette Reyes reports on what the invention is and how it works.
According to a safety report issued by the group Kids in Danger, product recalls have dropped but the injuries to children because of these products is on the rise. Parents depend heavily on product recalls to let them know if a product they buy is unsafe for their children. It’s not clear yet what the reason is for these worrying findings. Mitch Lipka reports for Boston.com on the subject and what is being done about it.
While I could never conceive of choosing a favorite from among my children there are indeed parents who do just that. Everyone knows that this practise has a negative impact on the child and affects their mental health but now studies show that it affects the family negatively as well. Devan McGuinness reports for Babble.com.
For this cycle in KidSafe we discussed grandparents taking classes on Internet safety and how to surf the Internet, and summed it up with our thoughts on taking extreme measures to deal with bullying on the bus. Join us and see what you think of this cycle’s topics.
- To put a stop to cyberbullying you need to know how to prevent it. Sue Hubbard, M.D., gives us her take on the problem for the Chicago Tribune.
- Taking a stand against bullying is easier if you have a strong sense of belonging and significance. Find out how this helps by reading more on Babble.com.
- Keeping our kids safe from Internet predators is a major concern lately, and the city of Columbia, SC, is taking it seriously by providing Internet classes for grandparents to learn so that they can help keep our children safe by being forewarned.
- Arizona lawmakers are agreeing that guns and violence in schools have got to go. But how? Read here to find out what is being done.
- On the bus to and from school is a prime place for kids to be bullied. The bus driver has to keep his or her eyes on the road and a lot goes on that isn’t seen or reported. Read Lauren Compton’s article on the subject for Wavy.com.
- Finally, we discussed the fact that extreme measures need to be taken to stop bullying on buses. If you bully, you are gone for the year. Simple and straightforward. It will save lives and effectively stop a bully who shouldn’t be there to start with.
Bullying has reached an all new high in schools, on the playground, on the Internet, and even on the school bus. Yes, everyone knows that bullying has been around since caveman days but it seems to be more prevalent now than ever. After reading Lauren Compton’s article “Bullies Targeting Kids on School Buses,” it brings closer to home the fact that we can’t protect our children all of the time. There are some strategies however that can be followed to try and stop bullying on the school bus.
Being bullied anywhere is dangerous but it’s even more so on a school bus. The driver needs to concentrate on driving not on taking care of the conflict situation going on behind him. The best way to go is a zero tolerance policy on the bus. There are no excuses if you bully someone, or if you simply can’t behave. You will have to find another way to get to school.
Installing cameras on buses will document bullying so that the driver and school authorities can look at it later instead of dealing with it on the road. The offenders should be suspended from riding the bus for the rest of the year.
These may seem like extreme rules but it’s better than ending up with a busload of injured children because of one bully who needs to be stopped. Just saying…