Category: children

Raising Kids – Freedom vs. Safety Giving Children Freedom and Safety

Raising Kids – Freedom vs. Safety

Have you been accused of Helicopter parenting? Or do you find it difficult to let your child do simple things in life without you? Well, Gary Karton, host of Parent Pep Talk – a podcast providing advice though experts, kids, and parents – speaks on Free Range Parenting and how to effectively give more freedom…

CROSSING THE STREET: A BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE – Orlando | Tampa | Clearwater | Jacksonville

CROSSING THE STREET: A BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE – Orlando | Tampa | Clearwater | Jacksonville

It’s that time of year again. Parents all over the nation are swarming local stores and loading up on school supplies in preparation for the upcoming year. In Florida, residents have more to worry about than navigating the crowded aisles and making it out of their favorite big-box store alive. Floridian parents have to worry…

Parents Warned: Bounce Houses Pose Lead Hazard to Children

NATIONAL – An investigation by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has prompted lawsuits to be filed today by CEH and the California Attorney General against leading makers, distributors and suppliers of bounce houses (also called jump houses or inflatable jumpers). CEH testing found one bounce house contained more than 70 times the federal limit…

FIREWORKS | Sparklers | CPSC Annual Safety Warning | INJURY | Pinellas, Largo, Madeira Beach, Seminole, Treasure Island, Indian Rocks Beach

It is that time of year again when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants consumers to put safety into play if fireworks are part of their upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. Thousands of injuries occur with sparklers, firecrackers, and aerials, and some 200 fireworks injuries take place each day during the one-month period surrounding…

GOLF CART ACCIDENT | Safety Concerns Rise | More Golf Carts take to the Streets | FLORIDA

STATEWIDE – Recently several tragic accidents involving golf carts have made headline news. Kristopher Seluga, a mechanical engineering and safety expert, says he is frustrated every time he reads of another death or injury to a child. “In so many of the articles they use the term ‘freak accident,”’ he says. “It’s not. It happens…

BROKEN ARM ♦ Children’s Injuries ♦ BROKEN LEG

STATEWIDE – As a parent, the most important thing in your life is your child, and you will do anything to protect him or her from personal injury. With smaller bodies and a lower pain tolerance, children are prime targets for serious injury and even wrongful death.  If your child’s injury was caused by someone…

Can parents sign LIABILITY WAIVERS for children?

The Florida Legislature recently sent a bill to Governor Charlie Crist to allow parents to sign liability waivers for children participating in risky activities. “The initial child waiver legislation “would have let theme parks and adventure attractions waive gross negligence, but the weaker measure protects against only inherent risk, a much lower legal standard” Has…

RECALL ♦ Maclaren ♦ CPSC ♦ Target Stores ♦ Babies R Us ♦ CHILD HAZARD for finger amputation

A million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies “R” Us have been recalled, after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism. The amputation risk occurs when a child’s finger is placed in the hinge mechanism of a stroller while it is being unfolded. When the opened stroller locks into…

German Shepherd Dog Bites three-year-old boy in the face

APOPKA — A 3-year-old boy is recovering from surgery after he was bitten by a dog belonging to his uncle Thursday night. Investigators said the dog, a German Shepherd, was chained to the front of a home, but for some reason went after the boy. The boy was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children,…

PREVENT BICYCLE ACCIDENTS • Be sure your child knows how to stay safe this SUMMER! • LARGO • SEMINOLE • PINELLAS PARK • ST. PETE • CLEARWATER

BE SURE YOUR CHILD KNOWS HOW TO STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER! Always Wear a Helmet – It’s the Law! Make Sure Your Bike is Adjusted Properly ABC Check – Check Air, Brakes, & Chain See and Be Seen Avoid Biking at Night Ride to the Right with Traffic Stay Alert Check for Traffic – particularly…