How safe are our kids in the schools that are supposed to protect them as they learn? This is a question that is coming up more and more and statistics show that they aren’t as safe as we would want them to be. Violence in our schools is getting worse according to surveys. News24 reports on the situation in America’s schools. What can be done about it? Give us your thoughts on the subject.
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Protecting our children is hard enough but technology seems intent on making it harder. Recent studies are showing that there are nearly half a billion web-capable devices in United States households. That is a whole lot of technology that we as parents have to make sure our children are responsible for and safe from. For more information on the topic read Carly O’Keefe’s article for KFVS12.
The Boston Marathon bombing has once again brought fear full force back into the lives of Americans. The land of the free is once again under attack and our first concern is the children of this great country. Once again we have to see the tears of our President as he mourns the lives of the truly innocent among us. For one mother’s look at the results of the bombing read Anne Taylor Flemings article for the Huffington Post.
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.
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.