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Child Safety and Education

Contained in this section a myriad of information for parents, children, teachers and other caregivers promoting child safety, whether at school, home, during play, on our streets and of course on the Internet; all with an objective to keep our kids safe.

The concept is to have information available designed to teach kids about safety in the school, at home, during play, on the streets and on the Internet. Together with parents and teachers, this website will be a valuable tool in the education of our children.

Further, it will provide a resource for our teachers and community police officers to use in our schools throughout New Hampshire.

 

 



Summer Safety Tips for Children
Jul 30, 2010

Summer Safety Tips for Children

Summer heralds a great time for kids! The outdoors become their playground and their general frolicking about is a given. But while summer might be a great time for your kids, the outdoors might hold some danger for them. And therefore it becomes imperative that you take care of what the kids are doing out there. How many of you know about summer safety tips to keep children safe, for example? Not many! For all you know, they might end up doing something that might be putting them in grave degrees of danger. In order to prevent a mishap from happening later, it is better if you are well acquainted with some summer safety tips for children. These summer safety rules will help you be better prepared for any situation and you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your kids are safe out there. So just for you then, here are some summer safety tips for children.

Playground Safety Tips for Children

When sending the kids out to play, keep the following outdoor safety tips for children in mind.

Adult Supervision
Adult supervision is one of the best methods to prevent any mishaps from happening. An adult being present on the scene can not only keep a close eye on the child, but the child has someone to call out to in case of any problem. So also, the child knows that there is someone who is around and so he will avoid doing anything that is not considered 'OK' by elders, and which he might have done otherwise.

Equipment Check
If there is a particular playground that the child visits often, or he has a fixed place that he plays in, then make sure that you have the area checked for safety in terms of equipments. Are the kids playing with something sharp, or which is rusted, or has jagged edges? All of which could pose serious threats. So also, if the kids are in the younger kids bracket, then is the equipment age appropriate for them? Can they handle it well? All these summer safety tips for children, especially, younger children are really necessary to take into consideration.

Swings and Slides
Make sure that you give them a thorough knowledge of what should and should not be done when they are on slides or swings. Like tell them that standing in front of a swing when others are on it can cause them to get hurt. Or not to take skipping ropes onto ladders because of the dangers of their legs entangling in it. So also not to crowd onto equipments, sliding down one at a time, no jumping when at a height etc.

Dress Code
Make sure that the kids are wearing clothes which will not get entangled in things and cause a fall. These would include scarves, loose clothes, stray strings, and hoods. So also hair should be tied instead of left open. Make sure that their feet are well covered because a playground can have several sharp objects lying around.

Playground Maintenance
Make sure that a regular check and supervision of the playground is done. This is important because whatever is broken needs to be fixed. So also, better equipments need to be fitted in whenever possible. This will ensure that the summer safety tips for kids are well taken care of. Read more on child safety.

Water Safety Tips for Kids

Another area which one needs to concentrate on when it comes to summer safety tips for children is the water! Many people do not realize it, but accidents can happen within the blink of an eye if water safety is not taken care of. Prepare yourself with these summer safety tips for children as best as you can.
  • It is always advised that you provide swimming lessons for your kids. It will help them in the future as well.
  • Make sure that if the kids are too small, there is some form of adult supervision always present.
  • Make your child wear a life jacket if they don't know how to swim.
  • Tell them never to jump on other kids or try to push their heads down in the act of having fun.
  • Never allow kids to dive or jump into rivers and lakes before inspecting for any rocks or logs.
  • Make sure that there is a kiddie pool and that young kids go there. BUT adult supervision should still be provided.
  • Make sure that the kids take special precautions when riding on water slides, water parks and any other recreational centers. These include no running, pushing or monkeying around.
  • When on the beach, do NOT swim when there is a high or low tide. It can be very very dangerous!
  • Do not swim next to piers and docks, the current there is strong and unpredictable.
  • Never pretend that you are drowning. Because the next time you really are, no one will believe you.
  • It is always helpful if you know and teach your kid CPR. It could save someone's life.
Read more on: Summer safety tips for children are just as important as their need to play. Always remember that. There really is no one you can blame if you don't take effective care of your kids and instead expose them to dangers without sufficiently preparing them for it.

By Rujuta Borkar
Published: 6/5/2010

 


Activities for Stranger Safety for Preschoolers
Jul 30, 2010

Activities for Stranger Safety for Preschoolers

Children being children, are always naive and vulnerable to many situations which may cause harm to them in various ways. Preschoolers in particular are at an age when they are learning to interact with people but are unable to differentiate between good and bad that exists in the society. This is the time when teachers as well as parents should think about activities for stranger safety for preschoolers. This would help the child to know many safety related issues. After all, your child’s safety is the prime concern. Therefore, teaching stranger safety activities will help your child to face these situations bravely. Take a look at these activities to prevent a child from interacting with strangers with wrong intentions.

Activities for Stranger Safety for Preschoolers:
When you discuss about strangers, you must make it a point to avoid making the child feel scared about every stranger. Therefore, you would need to incorporate activities, which helps a child differentiate between the kinds of people they meet and those to be avoided. You can have little plays that involve all the children. There can be a scene where the children are waiting to be picked up while at school. Another person can pretend to be a stranger. As a teacher, you can illustrate the various ways a stranger can approach a child. For example, the ‘stranger’ in this case can say that he/she was asked to pick up the child by the parents. The child can then be given a secret question and if the stranger answers incorrectly, the child can then know the stranger is lying.

Teach the preschooler to memorize the phone number and address and even identify local streets. This can be turned into a fun activity where in the child can be made to memorize the address through a poem or a rhyme.

Conduct many group activities held against the backdrop of different situations. This will help a preschooler realize the difference between ordinary strangers and people who approach children with a wrong intention.

Have interactive sessions where kids can be asked specific questions. This will also help you to know how a child will react to different situations. Talk to the child and help him/her to answer correctly as per the situation in question.

By holding these kinds of activities, a preschooler can effectively pick up various ways to handle strangers. Thus, in any given situation, these stranger safety measures would surely help in protecting your child.


Parents Guidelines to Computer Safety for Kids
Jul 30, 2010

Parents Guidelines to Computer Safety for Kids

Computer safety for kids was not an issue when I was growing up. Remember back when we were kids? You were lucky if there was just one computer in the classroom to use, let alone a computer at home. Now, it seems there is a computer for everyone everywhere we look. Over 75% of homes now have computers and are wired to the Internet with many of these at high speeds. Shipments of personal computers in 1971, totaled about only 48,000, as compared to 1 billion in June of 2008.

With the surge of surfing the net and personal computers at home, safety for children online has become a must. Although, we would like to think that everyone is publishing safe and useful content for kids, this is not always the case. So in addition to locking the doors to keep your children safe, now you need to put up defenses when it comes to computer safety for kids. Here are some guidelines to help you and your children stay safe while online.

Computer Safety for Kids Tip #1 - Communication

Now more than ever computer usage is an important topic for parents to have with their children. Just like teaching them safety tips about talking to strangers, smoking and other things that we all discuss, talking about computer safety at an early age can keep them safer. Communicating with your child about online predators is your first line of defense. Sit down with them and explain how important it is to only communicate online with people they know and trust. Tell them to never give out personal information like phone numbers, address and even their name. Explain that while the Internet is very useful for homework assistance, keeping up with what their friends are doing and for finding fun activities, it is also a dangerous place when you don't know what to watch for.

Computer Safety for Kids Tip #2 - Keep it in Plain Sight

Keep computers in open areas, where you can see when and how your child is using the computer. Place the computer in a den or family room with the monitor clearly visible. If there is a computer in your child's room, make it a rule that the door must be left open when they are searching the web. This may seem like an invasion of privacy to your kids (especially teenagers) but they will be less likely to search and find inappropriate websites, if there is a risk that mom or dad may walk by and see what they are searching. So keep the shared computers in plain sight and the bedroom doors open for their own personal computer use.

Computer Safety for Kids Tip #3 - Set the Rules

Computers now come equipped with parental control capabilities. Take advantage of this technology and set the rules on the computer. Unlike children who sometimes ignore the rules or try to get around them, when you configure the rules directly on the computer, the computer sticks to the rules. Parental controls stop them from accessing pages that have potential adult content on them or could be potentially harmful to your child or computer. In addition to the standard parental controls that may come with your computer, you can also install additional software like McGruff Safeguard, ContentBarrier X4, and KaZipster. These software packages can monitor their time online and prevent them from receiving explicit materials and also prevent them from sending any personal information.

Computer Safety for Kids Tip #3 - Keep it Personal

Personal information should be just that - personal. There are many websites that ask kids to enter personal information, to sign up for contests or to join in order to use parts of the website. However, this personal information should be kept a secret. Your child should not provide any information such as street address, phone number or even last name without checking with you first.

Forms that ask this much information should only be completed by an adult and only after the adult has looked over the site and deemed it safe. When kids give out any information about themselves, it can lead a predator to their front door. Have kids ask a parent or adult before filling out any questionnaires or forms online that require such information. Set up a common email address to use for completing these forms that you have access to. This should be the only email address they use, when completing these forms. Use filters on these email accounts, so as not to receive unwanted spam such as pornographic emails. Only an adult should have the capability of adding to the address book and unblocking/blocking email addresses.

Remember, computer safety for kids begins at home and requires you as the adult to get involved. So talk to your kids, watch what they are surfing, set up controls and keep your child's personal information "offline" for your child's internet safety.

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Choosing the Safest Child Restraint
Jul 30, 2010

Choosing the Safest Child Restraint

What parent doesn’t want the best for his child? This applies to car safety as well. Even if we think accidents happen to others and not necessarily occur in our very case, well, we have to admit that from the moment we are inside the car, the accident risk is assumed.

Car crashes injure and unfortunately kill numerous children each year. This represents the leading cause of death and injury for children under five. All cars in the traffic are built for grownups and children do not fit into the seats or the seatbelt systems built for adults, consequently each child needs to be protected according to the law and to his/her size.

Oftentimes the injuries are due to the incorrect child restraint use, where for instance the child is too young or small for the restraint, fact that makes the restraint basically useless. It is imperative that you, as a parent, choose the restraint that provides the highest protection level for your child. It is also required by law that every child must use a proper restraint when traveling by car or other vehicle.

You as father/mother, have the responsibility to use the restrain correctly for each child passenger. I have gathered here some tips that indicate and help you choose the safest restraint for your child. There are many restraints designs/producers; however, the main aspect is this: they must match your child’s height and weight.

When you buy a child restraint keep in mind to:

a. measure the height and weight of the child;
b. make sure the restraint fits your car/vehicle;

Use the most suitable restraint for your child’s size and age and move him/her to the next category only when the restraint doesn’t fit them any longer.

When you install and place your child in a restraint you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions; it is hazardous to install it incorrectly or to use one that is not appropriate for your child’s size. This puts the child at higher risk of serious injury or even death.

Be extra careful if purchasing or borrowing a used restraint. Use a second-hand restraint only when you know its history or if the case, when you obtain it from a trustworthy source. If the restraint you want to buy has any of the following sings, you should not buy/use it; these are some characteristics your restraint should NOT have:
- shabby straps;
- bent/worn out buckles;
- cracked or discolored attachment points (as it happens due to aging or sun exposure);
- have been involved in a crash;

Ages and types of restraints:

A. For babies: up to 9kgs and less than 70 cm in length- about 6 months old you can use:

1.Rearward facing restraints with a built-in harness.

2.Convertible restraints: used as rearward-facing restraint

B. For young children: from 9 to 18kgs weight about approx 6 months to 5 years

1.Forward facing restraints: the seat belt and the top tether strap keep the restraint in place; also, the seat faces forward and incorporates a six-point harness.

2. Convertible restraints: used as forward facing restraint

C.
Children between 14 and 26 kg or until they are physically fit for using an adult seat belt should have:

1. A Booster seat; the belt should not be placed under the arm or behind the back as this represents an incorrect use of it. The right positioning of the seat belt: comfortably over the child’s shoulder and across the waist as also described in the sash guide. Make sure your child always uses the sash part of the belt the right way.

The advantage of the booster seat is that it also provides support for the child while sleeping but make sure you use it only with a forward-facing restraint.

2. Convertible restraints: as a forward facing restraint and booster seat.

3. Lap/sash belts: use them only when the child size is too big for the booster seat

One last thing, now that summer is here: the temperature inside the vehicle can climb and easily exceed 100 degrees. Therefore, be extra careful with children and pets. Never leave children or infants in the car alone, not even for a short time. Make sure the children got out of the car when you reached your destination and don’t fail to notice the sleeping infants!




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