Child Safety Resources

What to Teach Kids About Strangers
Kids need to know the difference between strangers they can trust, and strangers they should be weary of, and this page by the National Crime Prevention Council tries to provide information parents can use to teach their children about strangers and suspicious behavior, as well as some precautions they can take on their own. A few salient points: kids tend to think that bad strangers will look scary like villains in cartoons. This is only half true, as pretty strangers can also be dangerous, and kids should know that you can't tell by appearances. Importantly, you don't want kids to think all strangers are bad; for one thing, sometimes they may need help from strangers, such as if they're lost, threatened by a bully, or being followed by a stranger. Some safe strangers are obvious, like police and firefighters. The way to help children recognize safe strangers is to point them out when you're out in town with your kids. The most important task is to teach kids to be wary of potentially dangerous situations. They need to learn warning signs—for example, when an adult asks them to disobey their parents, or keep a secret, or make them feel uncomfortable in any way. Yu should practice different scenarios and responses with your children.

Kids & Dog Safety
Situations involving dogs biting children are not unheard of but are lesser dealt with. The site covers everything on dog biting behavior from what triggers it, to warning signs to watch out for that can help in preventing these incidents, and a set of general guidelines to train children and dogs to put an end to such conflicts or aggressive responses. One of their articles broke down the basic linguistics of barking that covered everything from a low ruff to a merry woof! Then, there are also a wide range of puppy training articles that address potty training, separation anxiety, leash training and many others.

Safety Belt Safe
Safety Belt Safe USA is the national non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety. This website includes sections about boosters, laws and regulations regarding child seat belt safety, recalls, and resources. Reference materials include manufacturer contacts, a glossary, a 5-stop seatbelt test, booster kit and videos, child safety seat belt brochures and posters, resources and more. The "best" safety seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and fits your family's needs in terms of comfort and convenience, so that you'll use it on every single ride. Questions include escape-proof seating, installation, airplanes and safety seats, latches, locking clips, newborn child safety, seating position, tether, and information about the best safety seat for your child.

Toy Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers
As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges gift-givers to keep safety in mind when choosing toys for young children. In 1998, CPSC received reports of 14 toy-related deaths and estimates that more than 120,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries. The article discusses child safety with toys, especially because the holiday season is approaching. By always reading labels and being safety conscious, parents and caregivers can help prevent toy-related injuries. CPSC has the most stringent toy-safety standards in the world, and toys on store shelves are safer because of the day-to-day compliance work by CPSC.

Kids and Guns
Common Sense about Kids and Guns is a public education organization dedicated to providing all adults with the necessary information to empower them to protect their children. Includes facts and statistics, as well as a news blog of incidents in which people were fired or shot at. A fact file as well as state data, free gun locks, firearm safety kits, a bulletin board and a parent quiz are included. Gun safety tips include unloading guns and locking them up, locking and storing ammunition separately, hiding keys from children, ask if guns are safety stored at places your children visit or play, talk to your children about guns and teaching young children not to touch guns and to tell an adult if they find one. Includes talking with your neighbors about gun safety and safety gun storage resources.

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