A bomb threat at a middle school in Marlboro county has been proven to be a hoax. In the wake of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, the country is in a panic. The threat was taken very seriously and the school was locked down and put on alert. For more information on the hoax read Ashley Peskoe’s article for The Warren Reporter.
Archive for April 2013
MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, has recently started warning parents that drunk driving is not the only thing that has killed teenagers who drink. In fact it’s estimated that only 32% of teen drinking deaths are caused by driving while intoxicated. Parents need to be made aware that other things can happen when teens are drinking. Homicide, suicide, alcohol poisoning, and accidents were listed. For more information on the subject, and statistics, read Larry Copelands article for USA Today.
A story I read recently by Patty Hastings for The Bulletin entitled, “Sons Fall has Parents Talking Window Safety,” would bring most parents to tears. The last thing Becca Keene Cunningham expected six days short of her son Thomas’ 4th birthday was a fall from a second story window that fractured his skull and left part of his brain damaged.
The Cunninghams did everything possible to protect their three children, but forgot to install window guards. That is a guilt they will live with for the rest of their lives, but they aren’t alone. Many parents around the country don’t use these potentially life saving devices either. How many of us think “oh, that can’t happen to my child; I watch them constantly.” The fact is you can’t watch your children every single minute of every single day. You would have to be perfect super parents, and I’m sorry, but none of us are, or ever will be for that matter.
Children are inquisitive and it only takes a second for tragedy to strike. If it’s preventable by installing a simple window guard then why take that chance. You can’t get back your child once they are gone and they can be gone in an instant. It may not happen to your child, but then again it might. Do you want to be a statistic?
Summer is heating up and so are summer sports. Kids will be out playing football, basketball, baseball, and any other brand of sport that will keep them outside and running. However, it’s important to build in safety tips to go along with practice and playing. In many states the summers are beyond hot, so make sure that safety tips for the weather are built in as well. For more on summer sports safety tips read Christy Millweard’s article for KFVS12.
Six days short of his fourth birthday, Thomas Cunningham took a fall from a second story window, landing on the concrete and fracturing his skull. This happens more often than you would think, resulting in children dying from falls that could easily have been prevented. The Cunninghams try to raise awareness, because while they were lucky, some parents aren’t. Patty Hastings reports for The Bulletin on the sad story and what you can do to protect your children from window falls.
We all remember the days when going to the playground wasn’t considered a health hazard; maybe because we just didn’t know better. Now, the surfaces are rubber, the corners or rounded, and the metal has been removed. Still, with all of the protection going on at least 15 children a year are dying from playground related accidents. The question is why; the answer is provided by Laura McMullen reporting for U.S. News.
We’ve all laughed at a two year old that swipes a hand over the TV to get it to work, or touches the pages in a magazine to make them move. But honestly should we be laughing? We have no idea what health effects this new generation of ipods and tablets is having on our children mentally, as well as physically. Ariel Brewster reports on the topic for City News.
Liquid laundry packets are becoming extremely popular with parents for doing laundry. However, many parents don’t realize that these can be a danger to their little ones. Take extra steps to put these packets out of your children’s reach, as they can be a hazard. U.S. News Health reports.
For this cycle of KidSafe we discussed everything from installing a baby gate to spying on your kids online. What do you think of this cycles topics? Come in and join us.
- The rise in the deaths of teenagers in car accidents has caused some teens to strike back. Read how in this article by Teri Figueroa.
- Spying on your kids online is not an invasion of personal privacy as far as this mother is concerned. Read her story here.
- Installing a baby gate isn’t rocket science but you need to know how to do it right and the safe way. These gates are to protect our children you know. For some tips on how to install one safely read Livestrong.com’s article on the subject.
- If you lift the headphones from your childs head and listen to the conversations going on during their online game play you may be surprised. Find out why, and what you can do about it, in Gillian Shaw’s article for The Vancouver Sun.
- Howard county reports no SIDs deaths in 2012. To read more on the subject read Ken De La Bastide’s article for the Kokomo Tribune.
- Finally, we discussed whether spying on your kids activities online is considered invading their personal privacy. What do you think? We would like to know.
I recently read an article by Ann Brenoff for the Huffington Post entitled “How I Spy on My Kids Online.” The article brought up a point that many parents are probably wondering about. Is spying on your kids online activity an invasion of their personal privacy? Some parents would say it is the same as going through your childs dresser drawers or reading their personal journal.
In my opinion, yes, it is the same thing but when it’s for their personal safety then there is nothing wrong with it. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even PS3 gaming platforms have an overabundance of sexual predators lurking around just waiting to lure some innocent child into their trap.
If that sounds paranoid, then that’s probably because many parents don’t take online safety seriously. Children don’t know the horrors of the world the way that we do. They don’t realize that the twelve year old friend they meet on the Internet may not be a 12-year old but a child predator.
So yes, if you feel that spying on your child’s activity online is what it takes you keep them safe, then it is the right thing to do, no matter what other parents may think.