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Unfortunately, more and more of our youngsters are getting into fights both in and outside of school.  Help your child avoid fights by teaching them how to solve conflicts peacefully.  First, tell your child that it actually takes genuine courage to walk away when someone challenges them to fight.  Also stress that fighting is not an acceptable way to solve their problems.  Tell them that if they find themselves faced with a potential fight, they should 1. Step away from the other person, 2. Try to talk to the other person and establish the reason they want to fight, 3. Listen to what the other person has to say, even if your child believes the other person is wrong, and 4. Discuss a peaceful compromise.  If the other person still tries to engage your child in a fight, tell your youngster to ask a trusted adult for assistance. A device like the Amber Alert GPS child locator can allow adults to listen in even when they cannot always be around to help face bullies.

Prepare your child for encounters with gangs by talking to them ahead of time.  You can ask them some simple questions like:

  • Have you heard anything about gangs?
  • What do you know about gangs?
  • How do you feel about gangs?
  • Do you know anyone who is in a gang?
  • Has anyone in a gang ever talked to you or tried to get you to join?

Warn your children to be very careful when it comes to gangs! Gang members get into trouble with the police, frequently get hurt, and sometimes even die from gang violence. Being prepared to protect your child is important and a child locator device can help you do this.

We all have a lot of numbers in our lives that are important but the two most essential are our social security number and credit score. Your social security number is your personal identification number that ties you to who you are, what kind of financial responsibility you have and is essential for jobs and more. A credit score is tied closely to this and while a good one makes achieving goals such as home ownership easy a bad credit score can make even getting the dream job impossible.

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes not only in the United States but all around the world as thieves learn to steal these important numbers in order to use them for their own gains with no intentions of paying back the loans they open. While most adults are well aware of this problem they take the steps to try and keep their personal information private while monitoring their credit for signs that someone may have stolen this information for their own use. But yet many parents do not stop to think that this is crime that can happen to their children as well as themselves.

Many identity thieves are now choosing to acquire the names and social security numbers of kids just because of the advantages that come with a new clean slate. Though there is a lack of credit history these thieves have found that building one up does not take much effort and in a very short time they can establish enough to have several credit cards as well as even mortgages. Plus since the child is not using their credit as well the chances of the crime being discovered is next to nothing for many years.

While many parents guard their child against abduction with a GPS child locator they fail to protect their identity and the problem is not discovered until it is too late. By the time the teen is ready to attend college and need a student loan or buy a first car the low credit score with several loans in default is finally discovered. While it takes some time to clear up the confusion and clean up the credit it will put the whole life of the child on hold stopping them from reaching for their goals and fulfilling their dreams.

Parents can actually monitor the credit of their child just as they monitor their own. Even the top three credit reporting agencies give parents the chance to run a credit check on a minor child once a year for free in order to catch any potential issues and put a stop to them now instead of later. Though it will not prevent identity theft of a child’s name and social security number it can help discover the crime early so that it can be corrected while the child is still young and not when they need their credit the most.

Unfortunately, scrapes and bruises are usually a part of growing up.  As frustrating as that may be, there are some basic things you can do to help keep your children safe, whether they’re out in the world or at home alone or with you. While a GPS tracking device is useful there are many other steps to take as well.

Always have a First Aid Kit Ready
Whether in the house, the car, or out-and-about with your children, one of the best ways to take care of them is to be well prepared for any potential accidents.  A First Aid Kit should always be close-at-hand and well-stocked.  Many parents have 3 or more first aid kits – one at home, one in each vehicle, and one in their purse or take-along bag.  Each first aid kit should be checked at least once a month to make sure that none of the contents are damaged, used, or expired.  Any missing, damaged, or expired items should be replaces ASAP.  If you child requires specific medicine, keep “extras” in each first aid kit in case you ever “forget” their meds at home or anywhere else.  Even though many places now have 24-hour pharmacies, 2am on a Wednesday morning isn’t the greatest time to find out your child’s prescription is out of refills.

A well-stocked first aid kit should contain at least the following:

  • Vinyl gloves
  • Cotton balls
  • Gauze (small and large)
  • Antiseptic wipes or gel
  • Tweezers
  • Band aids of different shapes and sizes
  • Medical tape
  • Scissors
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Children’s Benadryl
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • CPR and Rescue Breathing instructions and diagrams

Be sure to also include a list of important and emergency numbers in your first aid kit.  Also your child’s health insurance information, pediatrician’s name and phone number, and your preferred hospital are important to keep in the kit.

Home Alone
If your children spend time home alone, be sure to teach them about home alone safety.  Make sure your children know never to answer the door when they’re home alone – even to someone they know.  Most kidnappers are people the child is already acquainted with.  Phone and internet safety are also important.  Let your children know that they should never inform a caller or someone they are chatting with on the internet that they are home alone and should never invite someone over without your permission first.

Lost Children
When going on field trips or outings with the family, make sure to discuss a “meet-up” spot in case you get separated.  Also make sure they know how to locate an information desk and/or security or police officer for help if needed.  If you child has a cell phone, make sure they can call both you and 911 if needed.  If they do not have a cell phone, make sure they know where the nearest pay phones are and that their either have your number memorized or have it written down and kept somewhere on their person at all times.

Children experience the most accidents and injuries (about 2 million at year) at home and about 2,500 children die due to home related injuries every year (in the United States).  There are some easy ways to help child-proof your home and to keep your child safe in the event of an emergency.

Child Home Safety Tips

  • Keep a first aid kit in the house.  Make sure everyone in the family (and any additional child caregivers like babysitters) know where it is and keep it well stocked with basic first aid supplies.
  • Do not leave children under 12-years-of-age in the house alone.  And do not leave children under 12 to take care of younger children.
  • Install smoke alarms throughout the home, including outside the kitchen and inside all bedrooms.
  • Keep all chemicals and cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet or out-of-reach of children.
  • Post emergency numbers, (including police, ambulance, doctor, fire department and poison control), near every telephone in the house.
  • Use outlet covers on all outlets not currently being used and unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Keep all lighters and matches out-of-reach of children or in a locked drawer.
  • Keep all knives, scissors, and sharp instruments (including tools) out-of-reach of children or locked up.
  • Practice first aid, CPR and rescue breathing with your family members at least every 6 months.
  • If you have a firearm, keep it locked up and keep the bullets locked up in a separate location.  Discuss the danger of firearms with your children and make sure they know to never, ever play with a firearm, even if they think it’s not loaded.
  • Install fire extinguishers in at least the kitchen and garage.

Will these basic precautions, you can help ensure that your home is safe for your children. Keep them safe by child-proofing your home and when they are away use a personal tracking device to watch over them for safety.

Thousands of children die or are serious injured in car crashes every year in the United States.  Children who are placed in a safety seat in the back seat of the vehicle are 45 percent less likely to experience an injury when involved in a car accident.

Who Needs Safety Seat?
Laws may vary state to state but in general, children under 4 feet 9 inches tall and who weigh less than 100 pounds usually need a safety seat or booster seat.  Some children may need at least a booster seat until they are 12-years-old.

Infants
Despite the actions of celebrities, infants should never be held on someone’s lap while riding in a vehicle (especially not the lap of the driver!)  Infants need to be placed in a rear-facing infant safety seat until they are at least 1-year-old and weigh at least 20 pounds.

Toddlers
Your toddlers can continue to use their infant rear-facing safety seat until they have reached the height and weight limit of that seat.  Then they need to be put in a forward-facing safety seat with a harness until they have reached the height and/or weight limit for that seat.

School-aged Children
After a child has outgrown their forward-facing car safety seat, they need a booster seat.  Booster seats should be used until the child is at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall and the adult seat belt in the vehicle fits correctly.  Generally, children will need a booster seat until they are between 8 and 12-years-of-age.

Preteens
After children have outgrown their booster seat, they should ride in the back seat with a lap and shoulder seat belt under they are at least 13-years-old

Booster Seat Check
Make sure that your child’s booster seat fits correctly.  The shoulder belt should be on your child’s shoulder.  The lap belt should rest across your child’s upper legs (thighs) and should be secured under both armrests.

Additional Car Safety Tips
Never leave your child alone in or around a car!  The heat rises quickly inside parked vehicles, especially if the windows are partially or fully closed.  Additionally, there have been reports of children being strangled by seat belts, sunroofs, and power windows.  Children have also been known to accidentally knock a vehicle into gear, causing it to move (without a driver!)  And children playing around a vehicle may get trapped inside the vehicle or inside the truck or may even be backed over if the driver of the vehicle is unaware of their presence.  Also, remember to be a good role model for your child and always wear your seat belt.  Before fastening your seat belt, make sure that your child is secure in their safety seat.  For young children, you may want to say something like, “Now I’m going to put on my safety belt so I can be safe in the car too!” and make exaggerated movements when buckling-up.  For older children, you don’t need to make such a production about it, but still bring to their attention that you are using you seat belt and they will need to too when they are older.

For more child safety information check out the blog for Amber Alert GPS child locator device.

You probably think of your backyard as the safest, most relaxing place in the world and true your child does not need a gps locator device while there.  While your backyard may very well be relaxing, it can also pose several hazards to your child’s safety.  Know the facts about backyard safety and help protect your child from danger.

Pool Safety
About 300 children under 5-years-old die every year from drowning in public or residential pools.  Thousands more children require emergency room treatment and hospitalization.  Some pool injuries result in disability and even brain damage.  Pool safety is one of the most important aspects of backyard safety.  Be sure that your pool (even inflatable pools) has a proper safety fence around it to protect your children and other children in the neighborhood from potential drowning and other injuries.  Educate your children not to run around the pool because of the dangers of slipping and falling into the pool.  And be aware of drains and suction that can entrap your child, or their hair, limbs, clothing, etc.  Disembowelment has even been reported from accidents with pool drains.  Be sure that your child is always supervised while playing in or around the pool and that they know that they should never swim alone.  If you have a “kiddie” pool, be sure to empty it and store it properly when you’re not using it.

Poisons!
Your backyard may contain pool chemicals, pesticides, cleaning supplies or poisonous plants.  Teach your children not to handle or eat any plants they don’t know are safe.  And be sure to store dangerous chemicals out of the reach of children and under lock and key if possible.

Helmets
If your child is riding their bicycle, scooter, skateboard, skates, rollerblades, miniature car or other toys / vehicles in the yard, be sure they are wearing a safety approved helmet.  If your child ventures out into the driveway, sidewalk, or road with their toys / vehicles, be extra certain they have a properly fitting helmet on.

Riding Lawn Mowers
Children need to be at least 16-years-old before operating a riding lawn mower and at least 12-years-old before operating any lawn mower.  When your riding or other lawn mower is not in use, be sure to keep the keys out of the ignition and out of the reach of children.  Never take a child “for a ride” on a riding lawn mower.

Playgrounds
Backyard playgrounds or equipment should be anchored on an appropriate surface and checked for damage and hazards.  Any damaged equipment should be repaired immediately.  If you are unable to repair playground equipment immediately, be sure to tell your spouse and children what is damaged and that everyone should wait to use the equipment until it has been properly repaired.

Other Backyard Safety Tips

  • Apply SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to any exposed skin 15 – 30 minutes before your child goes out to play and reapply as needed (especially when swimming).  Remember that it is possible for your child (or anyone) to get a sunburn even if it’s cloudy out
  • Use insect repellents as needed, especially if your child is going to play outside near dusk or while it’s dark out.

It seems everywhere you turn adults hear about their credit score and how important it is to have one that will make it easy to get loans and even jobs to get ahead in life. Accompanying this advice is the warning of just how bad getting your identity stolen can be to that score and the huge negative impacts it can have on everyday life. Yet identity theft is not just a problem for adults. Many kids find out the hard way when they try to open first bank accounts or get student loans that their identity had been stolen years before. These kids find out they have mortgages and multiple credit cards for hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt all in default.

While parents rightfully worry about child abduction and kidnapping to the extent they even use a child locator device many do not stop to think of their child’s identity. For a criminal who is looking for a name and social security number to use in fraud that of a minor is actually one of the best possible since so many years will pass before the theft is even discovered. While it may be surprising to many adults that credit can be acquired for a social security number of someone who is a minor this is actually not a problem. Plus since the credit is clean establishing and getting credit cards and even home loans is relatively easy for the criminals.

Just as with any social security number parents need to be very careful on whom they give this information to. Parents also need to be very careful with their tax forms as well since their child’s information will appear there as well. While many adults do keep tabs on their credit via the many credit score agencies they do not take the time to check the score of their child as well to see if there is any activity. This does not have to be this way though since even the top three credit reporting agencies will allow parents to do an annual check for free once they prove the identity of themselves as well as their child. By periodically checking not only their own credit status but their child as well parents can not really prevent identity theft but put a stop to it before it gets out of hand.

For the child early detection of the crime can give parents time to get the problem fixed before their child needs their credit. If it is not discovered until their need a student loan this can postpone them getting their start in life while the paperwork is sorted out which will have adverse affects on their career and more.

Owning a home requires lots of upkeep, maintenance and cleaning; all of these things requires chemicals that are poisonous and toxic to humans especially if ingested. Of course this is not really an issue for most adults who know that these liquids are not to be drunk, but for some small children or even a special needs child these colorful fluids can be tempting to consume. Many parents know to keep these things out of reach of their babies and toddlers but as a child gets a little older it can get easy to begin to lax some of how they are stored away.

For some children this can become a temptation to maybe not ingest them necessarily but to at least get into them and clean the house like mom might. Many common household cleaners can cause damage to the skin if simply exposed to it. While others can cause damage to the eyes or the vapors when inhaled can be poisonous. Other cleaners may not be as dangerous until they are combined with another cleaner that causes a chemical reaction of some sort. Many chemicals when combined have effects that most people do not know about but a child could simply start by pouring one bottle into another as the are prone to do.

All household cleaners and chemicals should be stored and locked away where all children cannot have access to them. This means using locking closets and even storage sheds with padlocks. Many smaller toddler cabinet lock systems are too easy for slightly older children to access and they are in just as much danger with these chemicals as the smaller kids. Keeping your child safe outside of the home is simple with a personal tracking device but inside of the home it can get tough but a little common sense goes a long way.

In this modern era for most families to make ends meet it means both the mother and the father working outside of them home to bring in the money required for all the necessities. For those with small children this means either using a day care or hiring a sitter to watch their children in their home. As more day care facilities get negative press many parents are choosing to go with the in home care feeling it will get their child a better caregiver.

Of course this is correct most of the time but in the past a parent had no way of knowing what went on in their home while they are at work. Of course technology has come along way and now there is a way to know everything in order to ensure your child is getting the best care possible. Just as a child locator device will allow parents to track children to keep them safe installing a nanny cam in the home will allow them to peek in on the sitter to ensure they are doing a great job with the kids. There are many styles, designs, and levels of sophistication available on the nanny cams but overall the concept is still the same.

These cameras allow a parent to see and sometimes even hear what goes on in their home between the kids and the nanny. This is the absolute best way to know what kind of care your children are getting. Parents can use this information to get rid of sitters who do not adequately watch the children or punishes them in a way that is not consistent with that of the parents. There is no better way to take care of children when you cannot be there.