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Family Safety. The safety of your family and children is likely one of your biggest concerns. Unfortunately, in this day and age there are so many things to worry about. Don’t let yourself go crazy. There are a number of resources available online to help you and your family stay safe so you can all breathe a little easier.

Neighborhood Criminal Search

The first thing that every parent around the country should do is to perform a neighborhood criminal search. Family Watchdog is a great site that makes it very easy to do. Once you type in your address you will be able to easily pull up addresses and photos of registered offenders in and around your neighborhood. This is also a great tool to use if you are moving to a new city and are not as familiar with the various neighborhoods.

Safely Ever After has some general safety tips and ideas on how to protect your children from strangers.

With Instant Amber, you can register your child’s information and photos so that they will be instantly accessible to law enforcement should an abduction occur.

Internet Safety for Kids & Teens

There are a number of online resources that provide information and tips on keeping you and your children safe on the Internet.

BadScreenNames.com

Center for Safe & Responsible Internet Use

ConnectSafely

Facebook safety

Family Online Safety Institute

KidsBeSafeOnline

MySpace safety & security

Net Smartz

OnGuard Online

Stay Safe Online.org

Stop Cyberbullying

The Cyber Tip Line

TRUSTe

Web Wise Kids

Wired Safety

Baby Proofing Your Home

I have a complete page dedicated to baby proofing and child proofing so you can find everything you need.

Child Tracking Tools

Technology has brought us the ability to always know where our children are. If you are interested in being able to always track your child’s whereabouts – one of these solutions may work for you.

Guard-A-Kid

Sprint Family Locator “is the convenient, reliable and secure way to find family members instantly from any Web-enabled mobile phone or any computer connected to the Web”

Movie Monitors

Are you worried what your kids might see on the big screen the next time they go to the movies? Check out the reviews, ratings and family movie and entertainment guides available on these sites.

commonsensemedia.org

FilmRatings.com

kids-in-mid.com

parentpreviews.com

Recalled Toys & Equipment

It seems that every other week another toy is being recalled for lead paint, dangerous magnets or breaking parts. Keep yourself up to date by regularly checking out the list of recalled items.

Fat Brain Toy’s Toy Safety Information Center

HealthyToys.org

Recalls.gov

Recalls.org

ToyInfo.org

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Nanny/ Babysitter Cameras

We’ve all seen those horrible videos of children being neglected and abused by the very people who have been hired to take care of them. The images are heart breaking to watch. There are many different cameras on the market now that you can easily install around your home. Some people set them up and have the video feeds link right into their computers so they can monitor their nanny and child throughout the day. Give yourself the peace of mind and install a camera, or a few, around your home.

Nanny Cameras

HowsMyNanny.com

Infant & Pediatric CPR

Every parent and babysitter should be trained on the basics of infant and pediatric CPR. Small children are so delicate and the techniques used to ensure they are breathing correctly are different than those employed with grown adults. Check with your local Red Cross or hospital to find out the availability of classes in your area.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area you can also check out CPR Training Solutions. Owner Kira Miller offers a variety of classes including infant CPR and babysitting safety.

Pool Fences

It is frightening to think about the number of small children who die or are seriously injured in swimming pools every year. Please do not let this happen to your children or to children in your neighborhood. Everyone who owns a swimming pool must make the investment to put a secure fence around their pool. Some people think that it ruins the aesthetics of their landscaping, but blocking the view to a beautiful blooming hydrangea is nothing compared to a child’s life.

International Association for Child Safety – has search functionality that enables you to locate a pool fence installation professional in your area

All-Safe Pool Safety Barriers

Guardian Pool Fence Systems

Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Systems

Earthquake & Severe Weather Preparation

Depending on where you live, you will want to be sure that your family is always prepared for a weather emergency or natural disaster. Make sure you have water, food, cash and first aid supplies available.

American Academy of Pediatrics – information on disasters

For detailed recommendations, check out the Red Cross website.


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