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welcomeThey say it takes a village to raise a child. It’s doubly so when a child’s health and well-being is concerned. Welcome to our “village” where you can hear from our team of experts their thoughts on current and ongoing child health and safety issues as well as share stories in areas like how you’re handling a particular child health-related challenge or the ups-and-downs we face every day trying to keep kids safe. Our Pedsafe Forum is there for you anytime to ask questions and exchange ideas.

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4 Things That Will Help Your Child Develop Early Reading Skills

4 Things That Will Help Your Child Develop Early Reading Skills

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Developing early reading skills in children ages 9-48 months involves enhancing cognitive skills such as sequential processing, simultaneous processing, focused attention, and inhibition. Speaking with your child face to face, drawing attention to characters and actions on the written page and practicing how oral-motor sounds relate to phonemic representation, are skills we can model and teach through playful interaction. CLICK on the 4 Activities IMAGE below to download a printable version to help you keep these fun, yet meaningful activities front of mind. Ages 9-18 Months, enhance visual tracking... 

Winter is Coming: What You Need to Know About Kids and Colds

Winter is Coming: What You Need to Know About Kids and Colds

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Young children get colds quite often because their immune system is still developing. It can be worrying when your child gets a cold, but it’s not usually serious and normally passes within two weeks. Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions about colds in children. Is my child’s cold serious? Colds aren’t usually serious, although young children are at an increased risk of developing further problems, such as ear infections. Very occasionally, more serious problems such as pneumonia can develop, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your child. Read... 

Shame Nation: Choose To Be Part Of “The Solution”

Shame Nation: Choose To Be Part Of “The Solution”

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It was July and I was at home when I got a call from my niece.  She and my sister were driving somewhere, and I remember this particular call because it went something like this… “Hey Aunt Stef…you’ve got to check this out…it’s the funniest thing…You remember when we did that show Legally Blonde?  Well there’s this group of young kids, and I guess they did a performance of it too, only their teacher video-taped it and posted it on YouTube and oh my G-d Aunt Stef, it’s awful.  I mean it’s so bad it’s funny.  You’ve got to watch it.  Here let me text you some of it.”  “No... 

How to Stop Cyberbullying: Digital Citizenship for Children

How to Stop Cyberbullying: Digital Citizenship for Children

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“Cyberbullying” or “electronic aggression” means deliberately using technology such as smartphones, the internet, social media, or gaming environments to harass, humiliate, badmouth, or threaten someone. Like any form of bullying, cyberbullying can poison someone’s joy in life, reputation, and well being. An antidote is a substance that can counteract a form of poisoning, and teaching digital citizenship can be a powerful antidote to cyberbullying. A citizen is an inhabitant of a place – and the online world is a place where most young people live a great deal of the time. According... 

Is Your Teenager In An Abusive Relationship? You CAN Help!

Is Your Teenager In An Abusive Relationship? You CAN Help!

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Violence can happen in teenage relationships, so make sure you know the signs and can help your child. Abuse in relationships – including those between teenagers – can happen to men and boys, but it’s much more likely to happen to women and girls. It also happens in same-sex relationships. Different types of abuse Physical abuse can include hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, pushing, and pressuring or forcing someone into sexual activity. Emotional and verbal abuse involves a person: saying things that make their partner feel small or stupid pressuring their partner to...