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.
Archive for April 2013
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.
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.
Are they truly on the rise or are they just documented more often? Athletes, and everyone else in the world it seems, can not wait to post each and every part of their lives on some form of social media site. In the case of certain athletes recently, social media and misdeeds do not mix, and have come back to bite them in a major way. Read one dads rant in The Augusta Chronicle.
Many, many parents are agitated by the incessant amount of time that their kids spending tweeting, texting, or even emailing from their smartphones or tablets. One dad has come up with a solution, at least for during dinnertime. The lockup toy is out on the market and parents will be happy to hear what it can do. Kris Johnson reports for the Dailycomet.com on the new invention and what it means to parents everywhere.
In 2011 alone 67,000 children were rushed to the emergency room because of poisoning from household medicines. This leads experts to believe that child safety caps are failing at their job. You would think that a cap an adult struggles to get off would be safe to have around a preschooler. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Jeff Rossen reports for the Today News on the rising concern of experts and parents alike.