January 20, 2018

Do you have a dangerous pool drain?

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Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you or your family jumps into the pool this summer, check the drain. The very quick and valuable lesson on what… Read more

What A County Prosecutor Wants Your Middle Schooler To Know

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By Julie Samrick My county’s Deputy District Attorney led cyber safety presentations for the students at our neighborhood public middle school last week, educating them in online pitfalls kids their age are most likely to encounter.  She opened by talking about “stranger danger” as they’ve always known it- and that the boogeyman isn’t just the… Read more

Bullet-Proof White Boards?


In direct response to the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a Maryland armor manufacturer has developed a handheld white board for classrooms that can stop a bullet from a handgun fired at point-blank range. Read more

I Watched My Daughter Being Strangled To Death

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By Sally Clark Normally I use this space (Sally’s photography blog) to share artwork of happy families. Today I’m using it to send a message. I’ve been writing this blog post in my head since last Friday. Composing and re-composing … re-living the horror of an experience no parent and no child should ever have… Read more

It Doesn’t Have To Be Summer for Water Safety

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By Mario Vittone For all of you with children in your lives – yours or someone else’s, it doesn’t matter – imagine yourself in the following story: You’re in your kitchen, making something to eat for the kids.  You have four children so things are going as you might expect.  They’re running around the house;… Read more

Minority Kids Not Buckled Up

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Black and Hispanic infants and toddlers are unrestrained at rates 10 times those of white children; among older children, there’s a two-fold difference. Read who else is at risk and what’s being done about it.

Pediatricians Jump On Trampolines


We have a trampoline….I always thought the nets that enclose them make them safer- not like the free-falling trampolines with no nets that were around when I was a child.  Not so, says a new report. Read more about the latest safety findings. What are your thoughts on trampolines? 

Breath Holding is Part of Swimming Experience


Recently Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN did a report on shallow water blackouts and that breath holding should be banned in pools.  Read why water safety experts say this isn’t the full story.  Read more

“Monitoring” Your Kids Doesn’t Mean “Spying”

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By Mary Jo Rapini Parents, I have to say, I am confused. As I continue to entrench myself in the phenomenon of social media as it relates to teens, parents, reputations and overall cyber safety, I continue to hear the same few words from parents, “Well, I don’t want to SPY on my child.” And… Read more

Parents Remember Son Swept Out to Sea

15-year-old Tyler Madoff left his New York home for the adventure of a lifetime to Hawaii on a trip with other young athletes.  He was either swept out to sea or sucked into a deadly sink hole during a kayaking outing on July 4th. Here are his parents on the Today show: Visit msnbc.com for… Read more