Child Safety Tips

By the Lost and Found Experts at FinderCodes

playgroundFinderCodes, an asset recovery system based on QR code technology, has gathered some of the most common places kids get hurt and provided easy prevention measures to make sure your kids stay safe no matter where they are!

Walking to School

If your children walk to school, make sure they’re getting there as safely as possible. Choose a route that avoids busy streets and construction and walk the route with your kids before sending them alone. Along the way, point out “safe houses” where your kids can stop in case of an emergency. Team up with a buddy to walk to school or give them a phone to use in case of an emergency or even if they just need to talk to you along the way.

At a Playground

Have a parent or caregiver prepared with a First Aid kit watching your kids at the playground at all times. It’s terrible to think about, but children can easily get hurt or abducted at playgrounds if you’re not careful. Always keep track of what they’re doing, where they are and who they’re playing with. Make sure your children know the rules – don’t talk to strangers and always stay within your sight. To prevent your kids from getting hurt on playground equipment, only let them play on safe, age-appropriate equipment.

Playing Sports

The most important safety tips to teach your little athletes are to wear the right equipment and to play by the rules. If they’re riding a bike or horse, wear a helmet. Protect your hockey or volleyball player with the right padding. Football players need a helmet and secure padding, and soccer players need to wear shin guards. Playing by the rules ensures no one gets hurt because of foul play.

In any situation where kids are carrying things they’re likely to lose (sports equipment, backpacks, jackets, etc.), it’s important to mark them so that if they get lost, they can be returned easily. FinderCodes Lost & Found Kits are perfect for that. As an added bonus, our smart tags keep personal information like names, addresses and phone numbers private. That means your child’s information will not be on display to strangers, and their safety will not be compromised.

At a Pool

Always have a CPR-trained lifeguard or adult nearby when your children are swimming. Make sure your kids know not to eat, drink or run near the water. If your children want to play in the pool but don’t know how to swim yet, give them a life jacket or floatie to stay safe.

In the Car

Keep a bag in the car ready to go with snacks, water, a First Aid kid and sunscreen. Use proper car seats – use these guidelines. Pull over if you need to help your kids with something in the backseat or need to answer your phone. Never leave your kids alone in the car and always remember to take your keys with you when you get out.

In Case of Fire

According to www.safekids.org, about 488 children (ages 14 and under) die every year because of residential fires, and another 116,600 children are injured by fire. Prevent fires at home by making sure your electrical appliances, cords and outlets are safe and not overloaded. Unplug appliances that are not in use, and keep your smoke detector batteries fresh. Teach your children to stay low to the ground if they smell smoke, and to get outside. Of course, a lesson in “stop, drop, and roll” is very important, too.

How to Childproof Your Home

by Louie Delaware

The author of this book is known as the “Home Safety Guru.” His book provides parents with sensible and fact-filled advice about the most common (and often overlooked) risk factors in homes, the products professional childproofers use, and, most importantly, installation tips to help you bring do it all without a hitch.

Teen Internet Use on the Rise

Teen Internet Use on the Rise

The 2010 Pew Research study reveals some staggering facts about teen internet use. While we know teens will be spending much of their free time online, it is important to keep tabs on your children and make sure that their internet use is monitored and safe. Knowing some of the facts about teen internet use, may help you understand what is typical and what to look for. Internet use is a great place to build and establish trust and responsibility with your teen by setting boundaries and teaching your teen to set her own as well. This is an area where she can show you that she can be trusted and that she will not abuse her time online.

According to the Pew Research Study:

  • there was a 20 percent increase in teen (ages 12-17 years) internet use from 2000 to 2009.
  • Seventy three percent of teens went online in 2000 versus 93 percent (20 percent increase) in 2009;
  • Nearly 73 percent of teens go online for social networking reasons, compared to just 55 percent of teens who did so three years ago;
  • Sixty-two percent of teens use the internet for news and politics;
  • Seventeen percent go online to gather information on topics that may be too “uncomfortable” to broach with a parent or guardian, such as issues relating to drug use and sexual health;
  • Thirty one percent of teens get health, dieting or physical fitness information from the internet and;
  • Only 14 percent of teens blog, compared to 28 percent three years ago.