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We have all heard by now about the tragic murders when the Craigslist killer lured in women and ultimately too their lives. While this classified ad based website can be extremely useful for buying and selling goods and services it can also be a lure for criminals to bring in their victims. Outside of the murders those selling goods have been lured in to a “sale” and instead robbed of the item along with anything they happen to have on them.

For families the latest concern is fake casting calls which lure in kids where they are abducted right from under the noses of their parents. In a specific incident in Toronto one mother brought her infant in to a casting call only to have the child stolen when she was in another room. While this story had a happy ending it only goes to remind parents to be wary of the internet and their children and to protect them with a child locator device should they ever end up in such a situation.

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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.

More than any time in history our children are spending the vast majority of their time indoors. While the school day cannot be helped their free time is filled with video games and chatting online with friends. When their parents were young time with friends was spent outside in the neighborhood or at the local park playing games. This lack of outdoor time is a contributing factor to the rising obesity issues in the children all across the country. Poor diets combined with this lack of exercise are leading to issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure that could be lessened with quality play.

Many parents are finding that GPS technology is good for not only a child locator device for finding small children who are lost but also as a motivational tool to get kids outside. Geocaching is a fun game that is much like a modern treasure hunt that appeals to many kids. The use of a GPS device to locate a hidden cache is a fun way to spend an afternoon and the walking is a perfect way to get kids moving.

To find out about caches in your area for hunting there are several websites which allow those that play the game a place to post their hidden treasure. Those who want to look for them can find the GPS coordinates to search for at these sites. Or players can have one person make a cache, and then give the coordinates to others to try and find in your own game.

This game is not only good outdoor time for kids but a great way to teach them how to read maps and even work as teams. By combining the technology that these kids love to spend their time with but in a way that is outdoor based starting your kids in geocaching is the perfect way to get them out and get them moving.

Of course geocaching is best when the family does it together making it an ideal way to spend the weekend in the warmer months as everyone works together to find the hidden treasure. The result will be a closer family that is healthier as everyone gets outside and experiences nature while using GPS technology to have some fun and play a fun game.

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.

Parents tend to worry only about their children when they are outside the home. Many even use the latest technology such as a child locator device to help them keep track of them while they are out. But these parents tend to forget that children can be in just as much danger in their own home as they are when they are away from it.

The statistics are almost staggering on just how many injuries occur in the home, which require medical attention. Every year over one million kids below the age of fifteen are treated for injuries that occur right at home. The age group in the most danger seems to be those from infant to four years old. Of course this makes sense since at this age children are not developed fully and are more susceptible to falls. Plus there natural curiosity about the world and lack of knowledge about what will hurt them gets them into dangerous situations quickly and very easily.

Accidents within the home no matter what age the child are totally preventable and many parents need to take just a few minutes to ensure that their home is a safe place for their kids to grow up. Since the majority of accidents involve falling, burns, and poisoning parents should look for these hazards in their homes. Gates should be used to block stairs and windows should be screened or securely fastened. Parents should ensure that the kitchen is safe and pots and pans cannot be pulled off on them. Once children get older and want to cook for themselves make sure they are supervised at all times. All chemicals, cleaning agents, and other poisons should be locked up where kids cannot get to them. With these steps parents can create a much safer environment for their kids to grow up in.

Cameras for the home are getting more and more popular as people are discovering just how easy to install and use these units are. The reasons for getting cameras in the home can be from basic home security to keeping an eye on the kids, and even to watch over the nanny while she is taking care of the kids.

For parents who choose to get a home security camera for watching over the kids or even keeping tabs on the nanny this is becoming a more popular reason by the day. Leaving our young infants and toddlers with a nanny is a necessity for many so both parents can work outside of the home. For the most part this is perfectly safe but once and awhile a nanny may not be good for our children and having a nanny cam to check in on how they interact with the kids is essential to keep our children safe.

When kids get older keeping track of them gets a little tougher. As kids spend more time with their friends and less with their parents knowing what they are doing and where they are can get hard. A child locator device is convenient for knowing their location when they are away from home. While using web based cameras is a excellent tool for checking in on them while they may be home alone. These easy to use and powerful electronic gadgets make parenting so much easier than it used to be. Between the personal tracking device and the camera in the home it is possible for parents to know just about everything their child does during the day. This makes keeping them safe and out of harms way much easier than it was for parents just a few years ago.

As parents we try and take care of our child’s every need to keep them safe and help them to grow up to be strong, happy adults. One growing trend in the United States is the waistline of not only our adults but our children as well. Fast food and soda pop are staples in our diets and it is causing health concerns in not only grown ups but our young as well. These health issues are bad enough but the earlier in life they appear the more of a problem they become. Studies have shown that families that make and eat meals together are less likely to have weight and health issues. Plus kids that eat with their families are shown to have better grades and socialize with their peers more efficiently. So parents should not only use a child locator device to keep track of their children they should also use dinner time as a time to ask them about their day and discus a healthy diet.

The 4th of July is a wonderful time for families to get together and enjoy some time in the sun while they celebrate the freedom that we have in the United States. Of course fireworks play a big role in the celebrations all across the country and in many areas the stands set up alongside the road to sell fireworks to whomever wants them. But even when fireworks are allowed in an area it still does not make them necessarily safe to use for a family. Every year thousands go to the hospital due to improper use of fireworks and many of these are children who were not supervised by adults while they handled them.

Just like some food fireworks have an expiration date and so buyers should buy there fireworks from a reputable dealer to ensure they are getting the best available. An adult should always be present to make sure that all fireworks are used as per their label instructions. Never should fireworks be held in the hand when they are being lit and of course definitely not pointed at anyone or anything. Fireworks should not be carried in pockets and water should be handy at all times to do put out any flare-ups that may result the use of the fireworks.

Even fireworks that many feel are totally safe can cause a serious injury if used improperly so parents should carefully consider just attending a local fireworks show. Just as a child locator device can help keep your child safe attending a show instead of shooting off your own fireworks can protect your children as well. These shows allow families to see a excellent light show in the sky without putting any of them in danger of having to light fireworks that they are not properly trained to use. Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

When parents head off to the store to do their shopping they usually have only what they need to get on their mind. Most place their child in the shopping cart so they cannot wander off and get lost. This may make it easier to keep an eye on them when you do not have a child locator device but it does put them in danger of getting hurt in a shopping cart accident. Every year over 20,000 kids get hurt on or around shopping carts since these baskets are designed primarily to hold food, not children. While it is ok to sit your child in the seat of the basket a parent should stay next to them at all times to ensure they do not fall out.