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.
Baby Proofing Your Home
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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