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Why Taking My Child to a Restaurant Is a Safety Issue

Lauren Jackman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Lauren Jackman

I'm not the kind of person to kick up a fuss, I am happy to wait longer than normal for a meal, and I rarely tell the waiter that a coffee is cold or bitter. But if there is potential for a child to be scolded by boiling hot water, than I'm going to speak up.

Dad Locks Himself In Hot Car To Send Life-Or-Death Message

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents

After seeing one alarming headline after another declaring that an infant or toddler had died after being left alone in a hot car, one North Carolina ...

Sunne's Gift's: 10 Reasons Why All Little Black Girls Should Rock Natural Hair

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

I have a four year-old and a one year-old and I can't imagine putting a relaxer in their hair because, like most kids their ages, they are busy-bodies. My mother relaxed my hair when I was four years old and my sister got her first relaxer when she was three. It really boggles my mind now.

I'm Glad My Son Ate Cat Poop

Dr. Jessica Michaelson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jessica Michaelson

The remainder of the turd -- or the part that had drooled out of his mouth as he savored his current mouthful -- was next to him, and undeniably, it was poop.

Ignorance Kills One Million Pit Bulls per Year

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Douglas Anthony Cooper

I was a bigot. Hence, I can sympathize with all those who still are. I was terrified of pit bulls. I knew very little about them, but what I'd heard in the media sure sounded terrifying. But it turns out it's utter garbage. All of it. Even the term "pit bull" is junk zoology.

My Son Almost Drowned And I Didn't Know It

Lindsay Kujawa | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Kujawa

I am forever changed since this happened. I will not let this define me, but you can guarantee that I will be doing things much differently from here on out.

The Day She Let Her Son Wait in the Car

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

If we judge parents for putting their kids at very low risk, we could jail them for serving solid food (the child could choke!) letting them walk down stairs (the child could fall!) or permitting them to join a sport (concussions!).

7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Beach This Summer

Patrick Quinn | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Patrick Quinn

When you go to the beach (or anywhere) with your kids, YOU are the first and most important line of defense when it comes to their safety. Gone are the days when the beach meant that you can sit in a chair and read a book, or take a nice nap in the sun. You now have to be constantly on guard.

Why Do Helicopter Parents Loosen Up at Campgrounds?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Most of us remember playing outside till the streetlights came on, but our kids can't because of any of the following fears: crime, creeps, traffic, tennis lessons, homework... or all of the above. Except at RV campgrounds.

Summertime = Pause + Play

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

We ask our children to press "play" when we need to prepare for the pool (e.g.,generously applying sunblock, consistently fastening a lifejacket, patiently walking towards the pool, etc.) and to press "pause" when they potentially may get too excited.

Putting Too Much Nighttime Baby Monitoring to Rest

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

my years as a parent have also made me realize that there are so many things we can't control. Quantities of information aren't satisfying because they're never enough, and information by itself can't give you peace of mind.

How to keep your Kids safe Online

Robert Siciliano | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Robert Siciliano

Every parent should know all the ways they can keep their kids safe in the online world. In McAfee’s 2013 study, Digital Deception: Ex...

Too Much Supervision Is Hurting Our Kids

Today's Mama | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

Don't you remember how you used to disappear with your friends for hours at a time? Exploring, building, hiding, playing, making up songs and dances, fighting, tossing a ball, always playing in the street, coming up with strict hierarchical kid societies, disappearing into nature?

5 Things Tomorrow's Parents Will Do Differently

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We'll remember that bringing up children is something that generations of adults have done before us without too much fuss or bother and we'll rediscover that kids, when left alone, have amazing abilities to learn and grow.

Kidnapping's 3 Stages: Lure, Induction, Captivity

Robert Siciliano | Posted 05.25.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

As a security and safety expert, I often lecture about all the facets of a kidnapping. There are three basic stages or phases of the kidnapping experi...

We Are for the Child and the Social Worker

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

March is National Social Work Month. It's a good time to honor this profession that takes on such an important and difficult task.

So You're Ready for a Baby... Is Your Apartment?

Laura McHolm | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Laura McHolm

Here's a checklist for all you parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and friends who have little ones moving about your home.

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe From Predators

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Not every child abduction can be prevented. There are, however, ways to help keep your child safer. Here are five tips to ensure safer practices with your children.

Amber Alert GPS: Say Hello to Smart Affordable Child Locators

Robert Siciliano | Posted 04.13.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

The AmberAlert GPS, is "The Intelligent Way to Keep Families Connected and Safe", today unveiled an infographic that explains how Smart Locators mak...

Find missing kids with SafetyLink

Robert Siciliano | Posted 03.20.2014 | Parents
Robert Siciliano

Find your lost car keys, smartphone and abducted child. Yes, you read that correctly: There’s now a device that can locate your missing child (o...

How Fear Governs Our Work with Students and What to Do

Tim Elmore | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

If you ask the average parent or teacher about school safety these days, their reply would most likely indicate how fearful they are. It's easy to conclude school has never been a more dangerous place. I mean, it's true, isn't it?

The Promise of the Yellow School Bus

Pam Allyn | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Pam Allyn

To begin to tell a new story about who we are and how we respond to such tragedy, we have to all be willing to see that there are nuances, contrasts and multiple perspectives on every subject. This won't happen overnight.

Internet Governance Forum Tackles Child Protection vs. Child Rights

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

My personal approach to child safety is to start by assuming that "the kids are all right" and -- as a default -- treat children and teens respectfully by providing them with the tools and information they need to protect themselves and respect others.

Witness to a Theft: Thoughts on Simple Proactivism

Kimann Schultz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Kimann Schultz

However safe we feel in our most familiar environments, we must be vigilant and simply aware of who is present in our immediate area.

Home Alone After School: Is Your Child Ready?

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Parents need to be sure their children have the skills and maturity to handle being alone safely, as well as be aware of the laws in their state regarding this issue. Being trusted to stay home alone can be a positive experience for a child who is mature and well-prepared.