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.
Howard County has reported no SIDS deaths for 2012. The county is kicking off its month long child abuse prevention seminar as they continue to tackle an ongoing problem. SID’s is a serious problem that affects children everywhere. To read more about the subject read Ken De La Bastide’s article for the Kokomo Tribune.
While it is common knowledge that sexual predators frequent chat rooms and social media sites like Facebook, most parents don’t realize that online gaming sites, such as Playstation Home, are just as likely to have predators trolling and targeting our children. Gillian Shaw reports for The Vancouver Sun on the problem that should concern parents everywhere.
Installing a baby gate is a simple procedure but it needs to be done correctly. You don’t want the baby gate collapsing with your baby leaning against it at the top of a flight of stairs. Livestrong.com gives us some tips on how to install a baby gate correctly and safely.
Is spying on your child’s online activity really spying or is it necessary in this new world of video games, texting cell phones, and ipads? One mother thinks that a “scared straight” program should be invented for the Internet. Ann Brenoff blogs for the Huffington Post on the harsh reality of online danger by telling her own personal story on the subject.
We have all had that empty feeling in the pit of our stomach when our teenager is a few minutes behind curfew. All kinds of bad things run through your mind as you strain the hear the sound of the the car pulling into the driveway. Teens die every year in car crashes that could have been prevented if they had just been wearing a seat belt. Students in one school are now starting to take a stand. Teri Figueroa reports for U-T San Diego on the pilot program.
Children are always out for a great adventure especially when they’re in a new environment. Whether you’re taking the young ones to the beach, the forest or up in the mountains, it will help to practice a few precautions to keep them safe from the elements and guarantee a good time.
Basic Sun Protection
- Sunblock. Apply sunblock on your kids, preferably with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunblock will protect kids from UV or ultraviolet rays and prevent painful sunburn afterwards. Be sure to reapply after every 2 to 3 hours especially when the sun is high and they’re out on the beach for a long time.
- Umbrella. A huge beach umbrella will further prevent sunburn and keep kids safe from UV radiation. Look for an umbrella with dark shades to deflect sunlight effectively. Always use it at noon when the sun is hottest.
- Stay indoors. Babies that are under 6 months old should be placed inside the house to completely avoid sun exposure. When traveling in cars with babies, be sure to apply mild sunblock since UVA rays can still penetrate through the car windows. Be careful about applying too much sunblock or using very potent creams since these can lead to allergies.
- Proper timing. Children should be advised to never go out in the sun after 11 a.m. and before 3 p.m. During these times, the sun is at its hottest and can lead to a variety of problems like sunburn, dehydration and other skin problems. Keep children indoors or under a beach umbrella during these times.
- Preventing dehydration. Keep children well-hydrated especially when going to warm places like the beach. Have them drink ice cold water every 30 minutes. Also, provide a fan and light clothing to children and babies staying indoors. Keep children out of the intense sun during the afternoon.
- Swimming safety. Supervise children when swimming in the sea or in pools. Never leave them unattended and provide floaters to those who do not know how to swim. Only allow children to dip or swim in pools of the right depth. Teach children how to call for help and learn basic CPR.
- Boating safety. When traveling on boats, make sure that children are wearing life jackets. They should also steer clear of moving objects and boat parts that might ram into them. Keep children at the center of the vessel and bring medications for children who need these regularly.
- Swimming at sea. Children should have an adult buddy when swimming in the open sea. Read warning signs and watch out for floating or underwater objects. The child should always be within an arm’s reach to keep them from going too deep into the water. Also, teach children how to call for help and how to respond if they experience problems like cramping.
- Insect protection. Apply insect repellents on your kids to protect them from mosquito bites as well as ticks, fleas and other annoying bugs and insects. Check the amount of DEET in products first. Some kids can only tolerate minimal amounts of DEET so it should be used sparingly.
- Playground safety. Supervise children at playgrounds since many experience trips, falls and head injuries from slides and swings. Also tell them to avoid horseplay and to watch out for moving items and equipment. Other possible problems include burns, scratches and strangulation. Have an adult watch over the kids at all times.
More Child Safety Tips
Riding safety. When kids try using a bicycle or skateboard, have them wear protective gear to prevent fractures and other types of trauma. A helmet, knee guards, chin guard and elbow pads will help a lot. It will also be helpful to guide them when they’re still learning how to use these.
For this cycle of KidSafe we discussed everything from stopping for a school bus stop sign to modern technology being unsafe for our children. Join us and give us your opinions on this cycles topics.
- Speeding up to pass a school bus when the sign comes out is not only reckless but dangerous as well. Delaney Walker reports for The Cleveland Daily Banner on the subject.
- Child safety and the Internet are major topics today. We constantly preach to parents about the dangers, but what about the children? Jay Grossman reports on the subject for the Observer and Eccentric.
- The increase in children being rushed to emergency rooms for household poisoning is alarming and suspicion is falling on the child safety caps that are supposed to help keep them safe. Jeff Rossen reports on the concern for Today News.
- Many parents are aggravated about the amount of time their children spend with their smartphones and tablets. One dad has a solution. Read all about it, and what it could mean for you, here.
- Kid safety of course, needs to start at home and that would include teaching your child athletes not to post everything they do, and say, on a social media site. For a taste of what can happen, (though it was well-deserved) read Scott Michaux’s article for The Augusta Chronicle.
- Finally, we discussed the fact that modern technology may be turning our kids brains to mush. We talked about old-fashioned pastimes that don’t include the tablet or the cellphone. What do you think of this cycles topics? We would love to hear your opinions.
Do you remember the days when there were no computers, the phone was a dial-up on the wall, playing outside was encouraged, and dinner was around the table with the family discussing your day? After reading Kris Johnson’s article for Dailycomet.com entitled, “New Toy Locks up Smartphones, Forces Real “Facetime,” my mind went back to those long ago days before computers, video game systems, and the dreaded cell phones took over society, and our lives.
It makes you wonder if all of the new inventions and the push for everything to be digital is really safe for our children. We know that texting and driving causes more deaths each year than drinking and driving, and that should in itself allow us to wake up and smell the coffee. Keeping our children safe is of course our main concern then why do we let technology take over their lives.
Don’t get me wrong, my children have all of the latest gizmos and gadgets, but we still try to get in “facetime,” as the author of the above article calls it. What happened to the days of sitting down with your child and getting lost in the wonder of a good book? We do this on a daily basis — tablets, computers, video game systems, and all of the modern things are shut down and put away during this time. What old-fashioned pastimes do you do with your family? We would love to hear them.