Did you know the average age of a cell phone user in North America is 11 years, and some users are as young as six? While there are many good reasons for your child to have a cell phone, it is increasingly more important that you teach your children how to be safe when using these devices.
It’s time to head outdoors for activities not requiring gloves, snowsuits and toques! Whether you’re fleeing the city for cabins, cottages or campgrounds, or kicking back at home, here are some tips for playing it safe all season long:
Crisp winter air, brisk exercise and rosy cheeks; cold-weather activities like skiing, sledding, snowboarding and ice hockey seem to epitomize wholesome winter fun. It’s true; these activities promote fitness and allow kids to burn off pent-up winter energy. But according to Kevin D. Walter, M.D., a sports medicine program director at a children’s hospital, parents are often shocked to learn about the dangers involved. With rates for winter sports injuries climbing, Walter and other health experts are now warning parents to take precautions to keep their children safe when they participate in time-honored winter pastimes like skiing and sledding.
When it comes to home disasters, children are most likely to experience a fire. Preparedness and planning saves lives, but many families have never developed or practiced a home fire escape plan. I know what you are thinking: ‘The chances of my house catching on fire are remote. House fires only happen on the news. To other people.’ That’s what I thought, too, until my husband and I stood shivering in the snow while firefighters crashed through our burning home and reporters buzzed around. A brand new lamp shorted out while we were at work, turning our bedroom into an inferno that blasted out our windows. Energized by gulps of air, it proceeded to lick its way toward the roof.
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