Posts in category "Safety"

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 »

Do you know what your tweens and teens share online?

Do you know what your tweens and teens share online?
Earlier this month, McAfee released its annual study examining what tweens and teens do online and how they use social media. They conduct their survey on an annual basis and reported this year’s finding in the study 2014 Teens and the Screen study: Exploring Online Privacy, Social Networking and Cyberbullying. Here are some of the... Read more »

Do you know who is videotaping your child at the park?

Do you know who is videotaping your child at the park?
A lot of kids have smartphones. And every smart phone has a video camera. Have you talked with your tweens and teens about when it is appropriate to take video of other people? My daughter and her best friend were at our home playing earlier this week. It was a nice enough day, so I... Read more »
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Snapchat settles charges by FTC, but that doesn't change much

Snapchat settles charges by FTC, but that doesn't change much
Snapchat agreed today to settle charges by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that messages sent through the online messaging service do not actually “disappear” as the company has claimed. The FTC alleged that Snapchat misled consumers as to how it functioned. Specifically, the complaint stated that the messages did not disappear as claimed, and... Read more »

Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know

Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know
Problematic apps that are popular with kids and full of inappropriate content keep popping up. It’s like a game of whack-a-mole: just when you get a handle on one and smack it down, another one pops up. The latest offender: the app Yik Yak. Parents could be fooled by the friendly-looking yak logo, but hiding... Read more »

Scary facts parents need to know about the Tinder app

Scary facts parents need to know about the Tinder app
One of the many apps of which parents need to be aware is Tinder, which is also known as a great one night stand locator or an easy way for tweens and teens to find hook ups. Scared yet? Tinder’s description in the App Store: “Tinder finds out who likes you nearby and connects you... Read more »
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Nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting - what parents can do about it

Nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting - what parents can do about it
Does your tween have a phone? If so, is he/she is sexting? Although most parents find it hard to fathom of their tween sending graphic and explicit messages and photos, a new study in the journal Pediatrics found that nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting. The study included a survey of 410 seventh... Read more »