Posts in category "Safety"

Why "My Kid Would Never Do That" is must see TV

Why "My Kid Would Never Do That" is must see TV
“When is ‘My Kid Would Never Do That’ going to be on again?” my 12-year-old daughter asked yesterday. “My Kid Would Never Do That” is a four part series of Dateline episodes on NBC hosted by Natalie Morales. The series puts kids, mostly teenagers but there are a few tweens and even seven year-olds, in... Read more »

What parents need to know about the live streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat

What parents need to know about the live streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat
The idea that Big Brother may be watching isn’t new, but new live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat mean it’s possible that a whole lot of other people, from your teen to people around the world, may be watching, too. Periscope’s tagline is “Explore the world in real time through someone else’s eyes.” The... Read more »

Water safety tips for families of tweens

Water safety tips for families of tweens
With Memorial Day over and the end of the school year in sight for many of us (if not already here), our focus has shifted to summer fun. That most often involves swimming and water, but just because our kids are older doesn’t mean that we parents can completely let down our guard. My friend... Read more »
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"Be a watcher": Message from Bangor Police to parents about kids' online behavior

"Be a watcher": Message from Bangor Police to parents about kids' online behavior
I recently started following the Bangor, Maine Police Department on Facebook because my friend Kerri who writes Cancer Is Not A Gift shared a few of their posts and they were really funny. One post today, however, was more serious. It was from the Computer Crime Unit and addressed why parents need to be involved... Read more »

Inhalant abuse: Why and how parents should talk with kids

Inhalant abuse: Why and how parents should talk with kids
It is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, which is new to many despite the fact that over 2.6 million children, aged 12 – 17, use an inhalant each year to get high. Inhalants tend to be the first drug kids try, and it often starts in middle school. In fact, 59% of children are... Read more »

Vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling's daughter show why parents need to monitor kids' social media accounts

Vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling's daughter show why parents need to monitor kids' social media accounts
If you’re a parent it’s worth noting what transpired between Curt Schilling, retired baseball player, his daughter and a whole lot of really creepy, offensive individuals on Twitter today. It’s the perfect illustration of why parents absolutely must be vigilant about monitoring their kid’s online behavior, and it has everything to do with the disturbing... Read more »
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Why and how to talk to kids about drinking and driving

Why and how to talk to kids about drinking and driving
This weekend, ChicagoNow blogger Erin Massey was hit head on by a drunk driver on one of Chicago’s freeways and was seriously injured in the crash. Since learning of that this weekend, I’ve seen a lot of items about teen drinking, as well as drinking and driving. ChicagoNow bloggers have been posting about their experiences... Read more »

What parents need to know before letting kids handle over the counter medication

What parents need to know before letting kids handle over the counter medication
Tweens start administering over the counter (OTC) medication to themselves around age 11, but a new study indicates that many of them are not armed with the information needed to do so safely and stats from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and Scholastic show that it is having a significant and scary impact... Read more »

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13
My daughter and I road tripped together this summer, and it was just the two of us in the family roadster hitting America’s highways and byways.  I was in the driver’s seat and she was in the back seat. That raised a few eye brows. Why wasn’t she riding shotgun in the front seat with... Read more »
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Disturbing Google search terms: Why you need to check your kids phone and computer

Disturbing Google search terms: Why you need to check your kids phone and computer
Thousands of people get to this blog because it came up in the results generated by a Google search or searches done on Yahoo!, Bing and other search engines. Perhaps that’s how you got here, and if so, welcome! It is possible for me to see some of the search terms that land people here... Read more »