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Practical Tips For Teaching Young Children Safety and Kindness

Allison Chawla | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

I wish I could find the perfect balance between safety and compassion for the mind of an-almost-4-year-old, but I truthfully believe that she's too young for a fine-tuned balance to exist. Still, I do have some suggestions for teaching our young children to be kind and safe at the same time.

Gun Violence - A New Approach

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Harry Leibowitz

The very problem here is the title given to this issue... the word "control." Control is a pejorative word that conjures up very negative images of "big brother" pushing us around and dictating our lives in ways that Americans feel impinges on their freedoms. None of us wants to be "controlled."

Baltimore's Best Kept Secret Reaches 50-Million-Dollar Milestone

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

Pictured left to right: Cal Ripken Jr., Vice Chairman and Steve Salem, President, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Fifty million dollars is a windfall any ...

Curious Child Rearing in the Good Old Days

Tricia Spencer | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Tricia Spencer

Parents fret about their children in our often frightening, modern world. But even the "good old days" came with its share of frights.

A Message to Parents with Kids in Car Seats

Kate Carr | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Kate Carr

Parents, especially new parents, tend to place a high priority on what can be done to keep their children safe. Safety gates: check. Latches on the lower cabinets: check. Medication up and away: check. Smoke alarms on every level of your home: check. Properly install car seat and buckle up on every ride: check.

When Child Sexual Abuse Is in the Public Eye, Don't Lose Sight of the Children

Teresa Huizar | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Teresa Huizar

Each year, official government reports indicate that more than 62,000 children are sexually abused. The numbers are especially staggering for girls aged 14-17, of whom researchers estimate more than 17% have experienced sexual abuse.

How to Take Your Infant for a Stroll (in 70 Easy Steps)

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Jolie Jenkins

Get brilliant idea to take a stroller walk. Hoist 20-pound wiggly baby up two flights of stairs to change its diaper and clothes. Wrestle with wiggly baby for several minutes to do so. Particularly struggle with pants.

How We're Failing Children In Disaster Preparedness, By The Numbers

Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents

Children are especially vulnerable during natural disasters. We witnessed this after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when 1,833 people died, more than a mi...

The Government Is Leaving Children At Risk -– Are You?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina revealed how ill-prepared our nation was to protect children from disaster. New research shows that far too little has changed.

Protect Your Young Ones With These 4 Simple Rules of Sun Protection

Dr. Patricia Wexler | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Wexler

A baby's delicate skin is particularly vulnerable in the summer, and cumulative sun damage starts on day one. No pressure, parents and grandparents!

A New iPhone Feature Can Save Children's Lives

Eli Lebowitz | Posted 06.10.2015 | Technology
Eli Lebowitz

Approximately 40 children die each year from heat stroke after being left in cars by distracted, absentminded or careless parents. And that is in the U.S. alone.

Wanting The Best For Our Children

Ricky Martin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Ricky Martin

As a father, I want my children to be safe from harm, and I want that very same thing for their children. We owe it to them -- and we owe it to our families.

The Failure of Sex Offender Policy

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.08.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Preventing sex offender crimes is an important aspect of public safety that I believe every politician takes seriously. Unfortunately, not every politician is a criminologist and as such does not have an evidence-based frame of reference from which to approach this issue.

The Disappearing Sex Offender

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

As a legislator, one of the biggest concerns I have is public safety. Keeping the public safe from the many dangers that are prevalent in today's society is a challenge. One area of work I have spent a great deal of time on is keeping children safe from sex abuse.

9 Ways To Keep Your Teen Safe From Muggers

Sarah Maizes | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Sarah Maizes

As parents, all we want is a safe haven for our family and we try to find it. But whether it's in a quiet suburb or a big city, all of these places have one thing in common: They're in America. And Americans have guns.

Why You Don't Need To Freak Out About That Kidnapping Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents

A video about kidnapping from YouTube prankster Joey Saladino aka JoeySalads has been making the Internet rounds and leaving a wave of terrified paren...

Protecting Society's Most Vulnerable: Our Children

Dr. Olga Popova | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Olga Popova

Now, during World Immunization Week, as we celebrate the exceptional commitment of mothers worldwide to protect their children, let us also view this as a rallying call. With 1.5 million deaths each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, there is still much work to be done.

Children's Greatest Need: Protection

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

I've been on the front lines of tending to and advocating for the needs of children for more than 30 years. In countless countries around the world, I've held newborns struggling to make it through the day. I've looked into the innocent eyes of toddlers abandoned by the people who should have loved them most.

Background Checks... Don't Be So Sure

Fred Engh | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Fred Engh

Whatever we can do to prevent child abusers from abusing children in organized sports, I'm all for. Throughout the last several years, the phrase "background checks" has been floating around as if it's a panacea for making sure youth sports leagues are doing the right thing.

Safe Gun Storage Saves Lives

John Rosenthal | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John Rosenthal

A simple $5 trigger lock can save a life. Keep your gun locked and unloaded unless it's in your direct control, the cost is just too high to do otherwise.

A Mom, Her Baby, His Car Seat, and The Day They Changed My Life

Amy Nielson | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Amy Nielson

Don't get me wrong. I am a faithful car seat user, but I do own to some bitterness about it. I would be lying if I said there weren't times I wanted to drive to the nearest Good Will, pull all of the car seats from the car, drop them off and be done with it. Then, a few months ago, something happened that forever changed my attitude about car seats.

Get Your Safety Freak On

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

Everyone thinks their parents grew up in the Stone Age but most kids today would be shocked if they knew the details of how their parents were raised. It's amazing any of us survived childhood after drinking water out of the kitchen faucet, the garden hose and the local pond.

Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

South Carolina single mom Debra Harrell allowed her daughter to play at a popular park for three days this summer. This was after the girl's laptop was stolen and she didn't want to just sit at mom's job -- McDonald's -- all day. A "Good Samaritan" saw the girl unsupervised and called 911.

Snow Sledding Tips to Avoid Landing in the E.R.

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Sledding is a fun winter tradition, as long as you put your child's safety first. Follow these tips so you can worry less about injuries and have a good time over the holidays.

Why Horseplay Is Vital For Your Kids

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

Situational safety has its place. Being chronically concerned about children's safety does not. Children will get hurt.