50+ Essential Home Fire Safety Products for Kids and Families

Keeping your family safe is your Number 1 priority, so it’s no wonder fire prevention and fire safety are on your mind.

Most likely, you’ve already taken the standard precautions: you have smoke detectors installed throughout your home; you have strategically positioned several fire extinguishers; and you’ve taught your kids not to play with matches. You may have an oven lock and the grill’s gas tank is probably stored out of reach of your littlest family members.

But what else can you do to keep your family safe? How can you prevent fires from happening in the first place? And how can you prepare for the possibility of a home fire? What steps can you take to keep you family safe?

First, have a look at our guide to Fire Safety for Kids. Then, check out the following list. These 50 products will help you keep your family safe and protected from the threat of fire.

Fire Prevention Products

Fire prevention is your best fire safety weapon, so we’ve stacked this category high and wide with products we love. These items will help you teach your kids about fire prevention and safety, and will help prevent a fire from ever starting in your home. Because while we understand the importance of knowing the escape route and sounding the alarm, what we really want is for your family to avoid a fire in the first place.

1. Fire Safety Books

Fire Safety BooksA book may not seem like a number-one placeholder on a list of must-have fire prevention products, but if you have young children in the house, one of the best fire prevention methods is old-fashioned education. Pick up a few books on fire safety and prevention and, if it sparks your children’s interest, one or two on firefighters. These books are written with kids in mind, so they’ll help drill important messages and debunk fears, all while entertaining.

Also Try: Sparky the Fire Dog or Matthew the Monkey Goes Bananas for Fire Safety

2. Fire Safety Coloring Book

Fire Safety Coloring BookAfter reading books about fire safety, what’s the next logical thing? Coloring, of course. Fire safety/prevention coloring & activity books let kids do what they love, but also work to reinforce the lessons you (and your kiddos’ favorite books) have taught.

Also Try: Futoro’s Fire Safety Coloring Book For Kids or Fire Department: Marty and Jetts’ Activity Book: Let’s Have Fun with Fire Safety

3. Fire Safety Movies

Fire Safety MoviesThe final addition to our fire safety education stash, movies can serve as an entertaining and educational final reinforcement to your fire safety lessons. Let your kids interact, laugh, shout and watch other kids learn about fire prevention and safety. If they’re anything like our kids, they’ll ask to watch the movies over and over again, truly internalizing the message.

Also Try: Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy: Fire Classroom Edition [Interactive DVD] or

4. Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape PlanThis isn’t a product, but it is a necessity: when everyone is calm and paying attention, sit down for a family meeting to discuss your fire exit route. Let your kids talk about their fears and anxieties, and explain how a well planned and practiced escape route is the best, most effective way to keep your family safe. For more information, check out our guide on creating a family fire escape plan.

5. Extension Cord with Fire Shield

Extension Cord with Fire ShieldYou likely have extension cords threaded throughout your house, but did you know they may not be perfectly fireproof? Extension cords with built-in fire shields take prevention to the next level with automatic sensors that detect overload, overheating, pinching or other factors that can cause electrical fires.

Also Try: TRC 90819 FIRST ALERT LCDI Safety Extension Cord, Protected with Fire Shield, 3-Outlet, 9-Feet or TRC 90820 FIRST ALERT LCDI Safety Extension Cord, Protected with Fire Shield, 1-Outlet, 6-Feet

6. Flame-Resistant Pajamas

Flame-Resistant PajamasThe very idea of flame-retardant pajamas is terrifying for any parent, but it’s a discussion we need to have. With babies and toddlers, it is essential to clothe them in pajamas that will not catch fire if they get too close to the stove, the grill, or other open flame. These pjs come in two basic versions: fleece footies/sleepers that are treated with flame-retardants, or close-fitting cotton pajamas with no loose parts that could catch fire.

Also Try: Sara’s Prints Little Boys’ Flame Resistant Two Piece Pajama Set or

7. Safety Pilot Light

Safety Pilot LightIf you own a liquid propane or natural gas-fueled vented fireplace, consider installing a safety pilot light. There’s a handy on/off switch, but what’s most useful is the automatic shutoff if the internal flame is accidentally extinguished. Bonus: it’s 100% carbon monoxide and oxygen depletion safe.

8. Childproof Lighters

Childproof LightersKids are curious and they love fire. Having lighters around can be dangerous, especially with young children who haven’t had enough time to absorb your fire prevention talks. Invest in a few childproof lighters, which require extra coordination to light. Always keep fire-starters far out of children’s reach.

Also Try: Calico Hot Shot 2 Wind Resistant Lighter or Refillable Lighter for Kitchen Camping Grilling BBQ Home Adjustable Flame

9. Heat-Resistant Gloves

Heat-Resistant GlovesKitchen accidents are an unfortunate but all-too-common cause of home fires around the country. Reduce your risk of dropping hot pots, plates and dishes full of hot oil and flammable ingredients with heat-resistant gloves. You’ll be happily surprised to know they work as well, if not better than oven mitts!

Also Try: VERANO KITCHEN PREMIUM Silicone BBQ Gloves or KitchCo Premium Silicone BBQ Gloves

10. Flame-Resistant Oven Mitts

Flame-Resistant Oven MittsIf you’re a hardcore fan of oven mitts (and who could blame you?), do invest in a set or two of the flame-resistant variety. If you accidentally place them on the stovetop or drop one in the oven, these puppies won’t light the entire kitchen on fire.

Also Try: 17-Inch Flame Resistant Oven Mitts or Winco Flame Resistant Oven Mitt

11. Flammable Storage Safety Cabinet

Flammable Storage Safety CabinetFlammable liquids and kids don’t mix. Take precautions with a flammable storage safety cabinet. It’s similar in theory (and execution) to a gun cabinet, locking away dangerously flammable materials behind lock and key. Or combination, depending on your preference.

Also Try: Justrite Sure-Grip EX 893000 Safety Cabinet for Flammable Liquids or Eagle 1932SC6 Combo Safety Cabinet for Flammable Liquids

12. Fireplace Door Lock

Fireplace Door LockIt can be a little nerve-wracking, not to mention dangerous, to have a crawler or toddler near your fireplace. Be smart with a fireplace door lock, which closes your fireplace against investigative and tiny hands. Bonus: it’ll keep any dying embers from hopping onto your carpet, after you’ve finished enjoying the flames.

Also Try: Baby Safety Fence Auto-Close Hearth Gate or Auto Close HearthGate

13. Safety Gas Shut-off Valve

Safety Gas Shut-off ValveIf you’ve ever forgotten to turn off your gas grill supply, this one’s for you. These useful timers will automatically switch off your gas cylinder after a set period of time, thus reducing the risk of gas leaks (and their accompanying fires).

Also Try: GASAV-R WA-2 Automatic Shut-Off and Timer Valve

14. Oven Front Lock

Oven Front LockIf you have curious little ones and haven’t already babyproofed your stove, snap up an oven lock immediately. These ingenious little gadgets lock your oven door, so even the most inquisitive toddlers can’t break into the fiery hazards within.

Also Try: Dreambaby Swivel Oven Lock with EZ-Check Indicator

15. Stove Knob Covers

Stove Knob CoversAnd speaking of your stove, while you’re installing the oven lock, pick up some stove knob covers. These snap-on doodads make it impossible for determined little ones, even as they stretch up on their tippiest tiptoes, to turn on your stovetop burners.

Also Try: Dreambaby 4 Pack Stove Knob Covers or TotShield Stove Guard for Free Standing Gas and Electric Stoves

16. Outlet Tester

Outlet TesterOutlet testers are a very inexpensive, very useful tool for checking your home’s electrical system on a regular basis. Just plug it into the wall, and you’ll know immediately whether any of your outlets could cause potential problems. I can almost hear Smokey the Bear saying, “Only YOU can prevent home electrical fires.”

Also Try: GE 3-Wire Receptacle Tester 50542 or GE GFCI Tester 50957

17. Safe Portable Space Heater

Safe Portable Space HeaterPortable space heaters are incredibly cozy during the coldest months, but they can also be dangerous around pets and young ones, especially when tipped over. Take precautions with the newest technology in space heaters, which feature auto-shut off when tipped and when the pilot light goes out, and can even detect low oxygen levels in the room.

Also Try: Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat or Lasko 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, 16-Inch

18. Fire-Safe Wastebasket

Fire-Safe WastebasketWe’re not implying that you should burn refuse in your wastebasket, but you should still consider a fire-resistant wastebasket. They’re the same price as standard trashcans, but with the added benefit of being resistant to kitchen calamities like hot oil, as well as not-quite-stubbed-out cigarettes or even an electrical fire fed by office papers. Plus, they’re sweet looking. Win-win.

Also Try: Rubbermaid Commercial Polyethylene Fire-Safe Step-On Receptacle or Rubbermaid WB26AL Fire-Safe Wastebasket, Round, Steel, 6 1/2 gal, Almond

19. Fire-Safe Gasoline Can

Fire-Safe Gasoline CanDo you store gasoline for your lawn mower or other home tools? If so, you need a safety gas can, which features proper venting, is 100% leak-proof, and has a flame-resistant arrestor screen. It’ll be the best investment you make in your garage, at least as far as fire safety’s concerned.

Also Try: Eagle UI-2-S Red Galvanized Steel Type I Gas Safety Canor Justrite AccuFlow 7250130 Type II Galvanized Steel Safety Can

20. Fire Block Foam

Fire Block FoamUnless you’re a skilled DIYer, this may be one precaution best left to your contractor. Either way, consider spraying this expanding, flame-resistant foam into nooks, crevices and anywhere you want to encourage the slowest possible spread of fire.

Also Try: Green Professional Quality Spray Foam Gun

21. Fire-Resistant Hearth Rug

Fire-Resistant Hearth RugYes, we’re back on the topic of cozy, on-purpose fires – the kind you keep in the fireplace. But this time, we’re talking fire prevention too, in the form of flame-resistant hearth rugs, which help prevent popping sparks, embers and other fireplace collateral from turning into something much more dangerous. Plus, pinecones are just so irresistibly festive.

Also Try: Minuteman International H-604 Jardinor Flame-Resistant Fiberglass Half-Round Hearth Rug

22. Grill Rug/Pad

Grill Rug:PadGrilling can be an enjoyable family activity during those warm summer months, but we should never forget that it involves open flame. Take extra precautions by placing your grill on top of a flame-resistant grill pad, which will help stop errant sparks or flaming food from becoming anything more.

Also Try: The Original Grill Pad Earthtone Brown Grill Pador Drymate GMC3058 Grill Mat

23. Flame-Retardant Curtains

Flame-Retardant CurtainsOutfitting your entire home with flame-retardant curtains may be a bit much – not to mention, a bit constricting to your style – but consider hanging these babies in the kitchen, children’s rooms, and other sensitive areas. They’ll afford you a few extra minutes to grab your kids and get out of the house, in case of fire. Bonus: They’re blackout, too.

Also Try: Best Home Fashion Beige Wide Width Flame Retardant Grommet Blackout Curtain or Best Home Fashion Navy Wide Width Flame Retardant Grommet Blackout Curtain

24. Stove Board

Stove BoardIf you have a wood stove – oh so cozy! – you should really pick up a stove board. These inexpensive little pads go under your wood stove or heater to provide a buffer between your flooring and the hot, hot stove. That means less chance of fire – and a sleek stove decoration, to boot.

Also Try: Imperial Manufacturing Type 2 Stove Board

25. Grill Cover

Grill CoverYes, we’re back to the grill again. These puppies dish up a lot of enjoyment, but they are absolutely a point of concern when it comes to fire prevention. Enter the grill cover. It’s not fire resistant and it doesn’t seem to do much (except provide pretty window dressing and ward off dust), but when you consider young kids, a grill cover does one thing perfectly: it keeps small fingers away from ignitions, gas tanks, charcoal, and other fire hazards.

Also Try: Char-Broil 72″ Heavy Duty Grill Cover or Premium Heavy Gauge Barbeque Grill Cover

26. Outlet Covers

Outlet CoversOutlet covers – not just to prevent shocks! You probably know these babyproofing necessities for their common use: stopping little ones from sticking their fingers into live plugs. But if you’ve ever watched inquisitive toddlers, you know that they do everything they shouldn’t – including sticking toys and paper clips and zippers and, well, everything into empty plugs. Stop the fire hazard before it starts.

Also Try: Munchkin 36 Count Plug Coversor 30 Fisher Price Shock Guards Child Safety Outlet Covers

27. Flameless Candles

Flameless CandlesCandles add to the atmosphere of your home, but they can also be a serious fire risk. Eliminate the problem with flameless candles. They flicker, they light, they set the mood – but they’re also safe. So even if you doze off in the tub (although please try to avoid that!) or forget to blow out the candle before you go to bed, you’ll never run the risk of setting flame to your home.

Also Try: Instapark® LCL-24 Battery-powered Flameless LED Tealight Candles, 2-Dozen Packor 3 Pack of Ivory Flameless Pillar Candles with Remote and Timer

28. Fire-safe Ashtray

Fire-safe AshtrayIf you smoke, or ever have guests who smoke, you need a fire-safe ashtray. They’re made from flame-resistant materials, with deep basins that don’t tip easily. So if someone accidentally leaves a lit cigarette unattended, you’re as safe as possible from starting a home fire.

Also Try: Fire Proof Mini-ashtray with Blue Led Light Shine When It Is Opened

29. Fire Guard Spray

Fire Guard SprayBelieve it or not, there’s an inexpensive spray that can turn all your favorite textiles into fire-retardant fabrics. It’ll work on natural and manmade fibers, so feel free to apply it to carpets, drapes, curtains and other upholstered fabrics. Not recommended for use on leather, clothing, bedding, or similar fabrics.

Also Try: No-Burn 1102A Original Fire Retardant Spray or

Fire Safety Products

In the event that the worst does occur and there’s a fire in your home, the following products will work hard to keep you safe. They’ll sound the alarm, both to you and emergency rescue workers, while they get you to safety and keep your most important possessions from burning.

30. Smoke Detectors

Smoke DetectorsSmoke detectors are your family’s first alert to dangerous fire, so these are probably the absolute, most important, you-simply-cannot-do-without fire safety product on the market. The general rule of thumb is to install at least one smoke detector/alarm per floor of your home, and one outside every sleeping area of your home. If you can, purchase a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

Also Try: Kidde i9040 Fire Sentry Battery-Operated Ionization Sensor Compact Smoke Alarm or Kidde i4618 Firex Hardwire Ionization Smoke Detector with Battery Backup

31. Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide DetectorsIf you already have smoke alarms installed, you should purchase at least one carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide, also known as the “silent killer,” causes flu-like symptoms and is undetectable via sight, scent or taste. Protect your family with an inexpensive but life-saving carbon monoxide alarm.

Also Try: First Alert CO600 Plug In Carbon Monoxide Alarm or Kidde KN-COPP-B-LPM Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital Display

32. Fire Alarm

Fire AlarmIf you own a home security system, check whether it includes a fire alarm – an alert system in case of fire. Today, even the DIY-type home alarms have built-in fire security, which will either alert your or, for a small monthly fee, direct-dial the local fire department in case of emergency.

Also Try: Wireless Home Security System w/ Phone Dialer or Ja-10bgsm 101 Zones Wireless GSM Home Security Alarm Burglar + Fire System

33. Fire Extinguishers

Fire ExtinguishersLike smoke detectors, fire extinguishers are another obligatory fire safety item to stash around the house. At the very least, keep one in your kitchen, one near the bedrooms, and one on every floor of your home; to be on the safe side, purchase additional extinguishers for each bedroom, the grill area, and other logical spots.

Also Try: Kidde 466141 Kitchen/Garage Fire Extinguisher 10-BC or

34. Fire Escape Ladder

Fire Escape LadderIf you have second- or third-floor bedrooms in your home, fire escape ladders are a must. These lightweight, handy ladders fold up when not in use, but are easy to attach to any window for a safe, fall-free climb out a window if fire were to strike during sleeping hours. Be sure to purchase one for every bedroom.

Also Try: First Alert EL52-2 Two-Story 14-Foot Escape Ladder or Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot

35. Fireproof Safe

Fireproof SafeCertain documents and possessions are irreplaceable: original birth certificates, family heirlooms, jewelry, sentimental items, updated wills – your list is your own. But no matter what it is you hold dear, a fireproof safe will protect these items from fire damage.

Also Try: First Alert 2092DF Waterproof 1-Hour Fire Safe with Digital Lock, 1.3 Cubic Feet or SentrySafe 1200BLK Fire Chest

36. Fire-Resistant Document Bags

Fire-Resistant Document BagsIf you don’t want to invest in a fireproof safe – or simply want backup protection – consider purchasing a few fire-resistant document pouches. They’ll help you keep your valuables protected and, as a bonus, are easily portable: if it’s safe, grab the bag on your way to evacuation.

Also Try: US Patrol Fire Resistant Document Bag or U.S. Patrol JB5076 Fire Resistant Document Bag

37. First Aid Kit

First Aid KitIf you’re caught in a home fire, one of the best things you can do is have a first-aid kit waiting at or near your meet-up point. A good kit will come primed with everything you need to clean and dress scratches and scraped knees, but you may want to prime the kit with some additional supplies, like sunburn gel to cool heated skin.

Also Try: Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit (205-Piece) or First Aid Kit With Hard Case (326 pcs)

38. Rescue Stickers

Rescue StickersIt’s a good idea to label your children’s bedroom windows with firefighter alert stickers, which let firefighters know where children might need rescue. You can also purchase one each for your cars, since car fires can also happen.

39. Pet Safety Alert Stickers

Pet Safety Alert StickersSpeaking of firefighter alert stickers, you’ll need some for your pets, too. These are best positioned near your front door or other visible spot, so rescue professionals know how many and what types of pets live in your home.

Also Try: PET SAFETY ALERT 234001 2-Count Static Cling Window Decal for Pets or 2-Pack Pet Rescue Alert To Fire Department | Window Stickers Decals Dogs Cats

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Seatbelt Cutter & Window BreakerNot a fun thought, but in the event of a car accident or fire, a seatbelt cutter and window breaker combo saves lives. This incredible tool is small enough to fit in your glove compartment and easy enough to use, but it’ll cut you and your kids out of stuck seatbelts AND have your windows open before rescue workers have even been called.

Also Try: Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Escape Toolor Car Emergency Escape Window Break Hammer

41. Escape Hammer

Escape HammerIf you want or need a larger, more powerful car-escape tool, go for an escape hammer. Like window breakers, they also have a sharp blade to cut through seatbelts, but they’re larger in case you need extra help in the window-shattering department.

Also Try: LifeHammer Safety Hammer Evolution or BladesUSA CS-044 Emergency Rescue Hammer

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Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff ToolThere are few things more frightening that the thought of a natural disaster – except the thought of a second natural disaster (fire) on top of the first. Prepare yourself with an emergency gas shutoff tool, so you can easily reduce your risk of explosion and fire during an earthquake, hurricane, or similar situation.

Also Try: Gas Shut-Off Wrench or Prime-Line Products Emergency Gas Shut-Off Wrench Mill

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Grab 'N Go BackpackPurchase or prepare an emergency “to go” backpack, filled with a few days’ worth of supplies. In case of a home fire, you and your kids will be relieved to have the comfort of familiar pajamas and toothbrushes, and in the case of fire-from-natural disaster, extra necessities like flashlights and masks.

Also Try: Deluxe 2-Person Perfect Survival Kit for Emergenciesor Mayday Emergency Survival Backpack Kit

44. Rapid Evacuation Device

Rapid Evacuation DeviceInvented by firefighters, a rapid evacuation device helps you get small children and pets out of a burning home faster and safer. Essentially, this is just a bag with tether – but it’s a life-saving device when you consider that half of all children killed in fires are under age 5. The device allows you to bypass long flights of steps and lower you children out the window, into the rescuing arms of firefighters or family members below.

45. Fire-Resistant Filing Cabinet

Fire-Resistant Filing CabinetIf you keep a home office, a fireproof filing cabinet can be your best friend. Keep your most important documents – tax returns, bills, pay stubs, etc. – locked away in this flame-resistant file chest, and even if the worst happens, your most important documents will stay safe and sound.

Also Try: Honeywell Model 1104 Molded Fire/Water Chestor First Alert 2037F Fire and Water File Chest

46. Fire-Retardant Mattress Cover

Fire-Retardant Mattress CoverYou probably already use mattress covers on yours and your children’s beds, so next time you’re ready to upgrade, purchase the fire-retardant variety. Not only will it keep you protected from dust mites, bedbugs, mold, and other natural beasties, but it won’t catch flame in the event of a nighttime fire, granting you extra moments to get out of bed and the house, safely.

47. Escape Hatchet

Escape HatchetNot a pretty mental picture, we know, but if you’re ever trapped in a burning building with no immediate escape route, an emergency hatchet is the perfect tool to carve your own path through wood, hot metal, and other materials. Note: Be sure to always – always! – store a hatchet with its blade covered and in a place far from the reach of young children.

Also Try: Gerber 31-002070 Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet with Nylon Sheathor Estone New Multi-function Outdoor Camping Emergency Survival Tools Hatchet Axe Hammer

48. Flashlights

FlashlightsNot exactly a fire-prevention tool, but flashlights are absolutely necessary in the event of an emergency. If your power goes out or you need to signal to family members through smoke, an emergency flashlight can, quite literally, be a lifesaver. We prefer rechargeable or self-charging (crank) flashlights, so you never have to worry about dead batteries. Bonus: Our top pick also comes with a built-in radio, emergency beacon and cell-phone charger. Talk about being prepared.

Also Try: Chromo Inc® Immedia-Light Hand Crank Flashlight 4 Pack for Immediate Emergencyor Energizer Weatheready 3-LED Carabineer Rechargeable Crank Light, Red

49. Emergency Escape Mask

Emergency Escape MaskSmoke inhalation can be just as fatal as actual flame. Equip every member of your family with an emergency escape mask, so in the event of overwhelming smoke, they have precious minutes of fresh, clean air to breathe while they make their way outside to safety.

Also Try: Safe Escape Smoke Fire Hood ASE60 Soft Case or iEvac Smoke/Fire Hood EBP 900 American Certified

50. Electronic Radon Detector

Electronic Radon DetectorWhile radon gas doesn’t cause fire, we would be remiss to exclude a radon detector from this list. While many homes have smoke and even carbon monoxide detectors, far few have radon detectors – even though radon can be as deadly as fire or carbon monoxide. So while you’re busy installing your other detectors, grab one of these, too.

Also Try: First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit or Corentium Digital Electronic Radon Gas Monitor

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The Best Travel Safety Products for Families: Reviews & Pricing Info for the Top 50 Travel Safety Gear and Gadgets

Whether it’s summer vacation, a leisurely road-trip, or on-the-go journeys to see family and friends, family travel is always equal parts exciting and stressful. For most parents, the most anxiety-ridden aspects are the unknowns: unfamiliar dangers, possible thievery, lost luggage (serious emergency!), and accommodations that lack the comforts – and safety features – of home.

We get it. As parents, we’ve all packed too-full bags stretched to the seams with doo-dads, doohickies, and all the other thingamagigs that were advertised to make travel simpler and safer for our families.

Invariable, we’ve all learned that too much of a good thing is not a good thing – it’s simply too much. So we’ve pared down our list of might-want-it to just the really-worth-it – 50 travel safety products that will make your travels with kids safer, easier and more enjoyable.

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On-the-Go Babyproofing

Doorknob Covers1. Doorknob Covers

Snap a cover over any standard doorknob to keep kids out of areas you deem “off-limits” – hotel hallways, your mother-in-law’s bedroom, or the basement stairs. Simple, inexpensive covers install in minutes and are temporary and easily removed. Plus, adults can open cover-equipped doors with a simple squeeze, making this a fuss-proof way to childproof on the go.

Bottom Line: If you don’t want to impose on your hosts but need to keep kids out of unsafe areas, pack a few doorknob covers in your luggage.

Also Try: Munchkin Door Knob Covers and

Travel Gate2. Travel Gate

When you’re on the go, whether it’s visiting family or bunking in a hotel, you may want to cordon off safe spaces for young children. A travel safety gate is just the ticket, offering an easily transportable baby gate that installs in seconds and requires no hardware.

Bottom Line: If you need baby gate security without drilling holes or making your hosts regret their invitation, pack a folding travel gate in your luggage.

Also Try: Evenflo Soft N Wide Gate

Portable Deck Guard3. Portable Deck Guard

Prevent your kids from sticking limbs and heads (and toys) through deck and patio slats with a portable, temporary safety barrier. Deck guards are especially useful on hotel balconies, beach house decks, and condo terraces – all perfect spaces to play, once the safety issue is handled.

Bottom Line: If you’re traveling anywhere with a balcony or deck, and plan to spend time outside enjoying the view, pack a deck guard so your little one can join in the fun.

Also Try: Safety 1st Railnet

Travel Childproofing Kit4. Travel Childproofing Kit

There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than taking your mobile baby to an un-childproofed hotel room or family home: the outlets, the sharp edges, the slippery tiles, the minibar – they’re all stressful. On-the-go childproofing packs the basics into your suitcase, so you never have to worry.

Bottom Line: You could tough it out (and say goodbye to carefree vacation memories), or you could carry along a simple travel childproofing kit. We recommend the latter.

Also Try: Dreambaby No Tools No Screws Safety Kit and Safety 1st Safety On The Go Childproof Kit

Table Edge Bumper5. Table Edge Bumper

If you’re visiting family or staying in a vacation rental, chances are your travel digs aren’t babyproofed. Young walkers and awkward toddlers can encounter serious trouble with sharp table edges, making edge bumpers a necessary addition to your luggage. Grab an elasticized version for easy installation.

Bottom Line: Edge bumpers prevent your littles from crashing into dangerously sharp table corners.

Also Try: Roving Cove EXTRA LONG Safe Edge & Corner Cushion and Prince Lionheart Table Edge Guard

Planes, Trains & Automobile Safety

Travel Flare:Snap Light6. Travel Flare/Snap Light

For car travel, camping, hiking and other off-the-beaten-path adventures, a snap light flare is absolutely essential. They’re lightweight, waterproof, non-toxic and non-flammable, so they’re safe around your family – and they keep your family safe, in case of emergency or unexpected happenings.

Bottom Line: Stock up on long-duration flares for your trunk, camping pack, daypack, and other travel gear.

Also Try: Snap Lights in red, yellow, white and blue.

Emergency Road Kit7. Emergency Road Kit

Go Boy Scout on your road-trip plans with an emergency road kit – you’ll always be prepared! These useful collections include a little bit of everything you could need, like jumper cables, batteries, rain ponchos, screw drivers, fuses, flash lights, first aid supplies, and more.

Bottom Line: Don’t hop in the car for extended travels without outfitting your trunk with a fully equipped car emergency kit.

Also Try: AAA 85 Piece Commuter First Aid Kit and AAA 121-Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit

Car Seat Bag8. Car Seat Bag

If you plan to take your car seat through the airport but don’t want to take it on the plane, be sure to pack it in an approved bag. Universal fit ensures that any seat will be safe and secure, and a shoulder strap makes it easy to carry your seat in and out of the airport.

Bottom Line: Protect your precious car seat from dirt, grime and damage by packing it in an airline-safe travel bag.

Also Try: Jeep Car Seat Travel Bag

Seatbelt Vest9. Seatbelt Vest

If you can’t take a car seat on your travels, pack the next best thing: a seatbelt vest for kiddos. These smart vests make sure that car seatbelts are correctly positioned and kids are safely secured, even in taxis or shuttle buses. They provide upper body restraint and some impact protection in case of accident.

Bottom Line: If you’re traveling without a car but plan to frequent taxis or shuttles, keep your kiddos safe with seatbelt positioning vests.

Also Try: Ride Safer 2 Travel Vest

Portable Booster Seat10. Portable Booster Seat

If your children are old enough to ride in booster seats but you don’t have enough room to pack their car boosters, grab an inflatable version. They’re compact and easy to fit into your luggage, and provide the safety features you trust to keep your kids secure in a taxi, bus or rental car.

Bottom Line: Portable boosters make it easy to always have the right car safety equipment, no matter where your travels lead.

Also Try:

Child Airplane Travel Harness11. Child Airplane Travel Harness

Once your child requires his or her own airplane seat, it’s time to think about how she’ll travel: will you bring your car seat on the plane, or will your child sit in the seat solo? If you check your car seat, consider grabbing an airplane harness – a specially designed extra for the airline seat, so your child is not only safe but also comfortable.

Bottom Line: Young flyers from 22-44 pounds will be much happier and more comfortable in an adjustable, kid-friendly harness.

Also Try: Baby B’Air Toddler Flight Vest and Flyebaby Infant Airplane Seat

Car Sun Shade12. Car Sun Shade

For road trips and rental cars, sunshades come in handy. These light, roll-up auto accessories deliver positionable shade from the sun: just install your car seat and adjust the sunshade to guard your little one’s eyes. If your child is still rear-facing, buy a few to account for increased shield real estate.

Bottom Line: Keep your kids safe from UV rays and discomfort with simple, suction-cup sunshades.

Also Try: BRICA Pop Open Cling Window Shade and Basix Magic Shade Jumbo

Car Seat Luggage Strap13. Car Seat Luggage Strap

The easiest way to take your car seat on the plane – and roll your kiddo through the airport – is with a car seat luggage strap. This handy little accessory converts any rolling luggage into a rolling car seat, so your toddler can motor through the airport in comfort and style while keeping your car seat safe from checked-luggage bumps and bruises.

Bottom Line: If you plan to take your car seat through the airport, keep it super safe and carry it on.

Also Try: Go-Go Babyz Kidz Travelmate

Anti-Pickpocket Gear

14. Belt Wallet

Forget old-fashioned money belts that hide beneath your waistband: new belt wallets are actually housed in your belt. Belt wallets look like normal belts, but – surprise! – house secret, zippered pocket compartments where you can store cash, passport copies, and other important items. Bonus: the non-metal buckle won’t give you problems at airport security.

Bottom Line: If you wear a belt, you cannot go wrong with this secure and inexpensive way to hide your cash.

Also Try: Eagle Creek All-Terrain Money Belt

Neck Wallet15. Neck Wallet

If you don’t wear a belt, or are simply looking for a way to carrier larger valuables, check out the neck wallet. Wear it around your neck and under your shirt, slung over your shoulder, or even around your waist. Most neck wallets have compartments for cash, credit cards, international passports and other goodies. Deluxe versions offer RFID protection.

Bottom Line: Keep your money and passport safe and dry with a moisture-resistant (read: sweat-resistant), quick-dry body wallet.

Also Try: Eagle Creek RFID Blocker Neck Wallet and Ensign Peak Neck Wallet

Leg Wallet16. Leg Wallet

For the ultimate in security, albeit not for on-the-go accessibility, a leg (thigh) wallet is the best way to carry extra cash, cards and travel documents. Elasticized, adjustable straps secure the wallet to your thigh – out of reach of even the most talented pickpockets.

Bottom Line: Gear up with a leg wallet to carry extra cash and cards you don’t need to access quickly.

Also Try: Eagle Creek Undercover Leg Wallet and

Bra Wallet17. Bra Wallet

Ladies, if you don’t want a belt, neck or leg wallet, try out the bra wallet – a breathable, silk alternative to stuffing extra cash in your actual bra. It’s so lightweight you’ll forget it’s there, but it will keep your valuables safe from marauding fingers.

Bottom Line: If you like to keep cash in your bra, you’ll love having an extra “pocket” attached to your straps.

Also Try: Braza Secret Stash and Austin House Bra Stash Personal Security Wallet

Pickpocket-proof Undergarments18. Pickpocket-proof Undergarments

If you like to keep your money really, really close – and who doesn’t? – you’re going to love the new breed of pickpocket deterrent: theft-resistant underwear! These ingenious undergarments incorporate zippered compartments to store cash, cards and your passport.

Bottom Line: Zipper-pocket underwear lets you thwart pickpockets without any add-ons to your wardrobe.

Also Try: Clever Travel Companion Men’s Underwear, Colosseum Women’s Sweet Pocket Bra Top, Smoked Pearl and Clever Travel Companion Undershirt

Security Socks19. Security Socks

Another alternative for keeping your money and cards safe and close, security socks feature hidden pockets to store small packages, like a roll of cash or keys. Choose a cotton blend for comfort and breathability.

Bottom Line: If you don’t like body wallets, keep your valuables safe stashed away in your socks.

Also Try: Avon Curves Fitness Socks with Pocket Stash

Portable Safe20. Portable Safe

If your hotel doesn’t offer in-rooms safes (or you don’t trust the ones they do have), bring your own. Portable safes are small and compact, but provide plenty of room to stash cash, cards, identification, jewelry and other small valuables while you’re out and about. They’re also waterproof and shock-resistant.

Bottom Line: Be absolutely sure your valuables are safe in your own, portable vault.

Also Try: Vacation Vault

Anti-Theft Purse21. Anti-Theft Purse

If you prefer your anti-theft measures with a side of fashion, check out the latest line of robbery-resistant bags. Available in hobo, tote, messenger and other styles, these awesome accessories use internal chain-link construction to prevent thieves from slashing, cutting and otherwise ripping you off on the street.

Bottom Line: Don’t sacrifice form for function: stay fashionable and safe with an anti-theft purse.

Also Try: Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag and Pacsafe CitySafe 100 GII Small Travel Handbag

Hidden USB22. Hidden USB

You know that you should always carry copies of your ID, travel documents, credit cards and other sensitive information, but have you ever considered carting around a digital copy? A hidden USB key is a fantastic gadget that allows you to do just that, as it conceals digital files in everyday objects and jewlery.

Bottom Line: Keep your important documents safe, even if you’re robbed on the road.

Also Try: Plugable USB Watch with Flash Drive and USB Flash Drive Pen

Travel Door Alarm23. Travel Door Alarm

If you have experience with DIY home security, travel door alarms will be second nature. Compact and ultra-portable, these handy alarms arm any door with an extra level of security. Simply slide the sensors between the door and the doorframe, and an alarm will sound when the door is unexpectedly opened. Bonus: if your little ones know how to open doors, an alarm doubles as a babyproofing mechanism.

Bottom Line: If you’re traveling in unknown areas or just want an extra layer of hotel security, throw one of these travel gadgets into your bags.

Also Try: Doberman SE-0203OR Traveller Defense Alarm

Portable Door Jammer24. Portable Door Jammer

Door jammers are a variation on portable door locks, easily fitting to any hotel door to jam it securely shut. It’s discreet and simple, but will prevent strangers or unwanted hotel staff from wandering into your room. In case of emergency, it’s easy to quickly kick or pull the door jammer away from your door.

Bottom Line: Keep people out of your room with an inexpensive jammer.

Also Try: Door Jammer Portable Door Security Device

Doorstop Alarm25. Doorstop Alarm

For the security conscious, a doorstop alarm provides double-door security: the built-in stopper jams the door shut, no tools or installation required, and an ear-piercing alarm warns you when someone tries to get inside.

Bottom Line: If you’re traveling to dicey areas or budget lodging, keep your family safe with a two-in-one door jammer and security alarm.

Also Try: Trademark Global Super Door Stop Alarm and Leegoal Super Door Stop Alarm

Portable Door Lock26. Portable Door Lock

Portable door locks keep you safely ensconced in your hotel room, and keep the door closed to housekeeping and other staff that normally has access to your room. A quick-release allows for much-needed and fast emergency exits.

Bottom Line: If you plan to stay in roadside motels or budget lodging, equip your luggage with a secure door lock.

Also Try: Super Grip Lock Deadbolt Accessory

27. Slash-proof Daypacks

Slash-proof bags are the latest anti-theft accessory – and they’re worth every penny! These bags, which maraud as everyday backpacks or daypacks, employ mesh armor to create slash-proof body panels, cut-proof straps, and other thief-resistant measures to keep your belongings safe.

Bottom Line: If you’re traveling to areas known for pickpockets and petty thievery, invest in a bag that will keep secure your possessions.

Also Try: Victorinox Flex Pack and Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Backpack

RFID Wallet28. RFID Wallet

Anyone who’s ever dealt with identity theft (or contemplated the possibility) can appreciate the utility of an RFID-blocking wallet. This special gear blocks your bank debit cards, credit cards, ID, and passports from potential identity thieves, and still manages to incorporate handy compartments for cash, receipts, and everything else you store in your wallet.

Bottom Line: Pickpockets do not steal just cash alone: don’t travel without protecting your identity.

Also Try: Men’s RFID-Blocking Wallet and RFID-Blocking Card Sleeves

Luggage Security

Cable Lock29. Cable Lock

Cable locks are a great solution to many locking needs, from luggage to bicycles to valuables you leave behind in your room. The key is the 3-foot retractable cable that adjusts to the length you need, to loop around and secure almost any object. The combination lock is especially convenient for travel, since you won’t need to carry a lock key.

Bottom Line: A cable lock is an invaluable travel tool to keep your valuables secure on-the-go.

Also Try: Kryptonite Retractor Combination Lock with LED Light and Pacsafe Retractable Cable Lock

Combo Luggage Locks30. Combo Luggage Locks

A TSA-approved combination luggage lock is your best friend in keeping your luggage safe on its own travels. These locks are accepted by the Transport Security Administration (TSA), as they can use codes to lock and relock your luggage, meaning that even if your bags get checked, they’ll be relocked and delivered to you, safe and secure.

Bottom Line: If you lock your luggage for air travel, make sure to purchase TSA-approved locks.

Also Try: Master Lock TSA-Accepted Cable Luggage Lock and Wordlock TSA-Approved Luggage Lock

Safe Play

Play Yard31. Play Yard

Whether you’re inside or out, a play yard works as a portable safe space for babies and toddlers. It’s perfect for visiting family, at the beach, or even to set up at a campground, national park, or any other daytrip spot. You can purchase six- or eight-paneled play yards, not to mention extension kits to create larger play spaces. Sun shades are also available.

Bottom Line: For tiny tots that need space to play, a portable play yard ensures safety.

Also Try: Superyard Extension Kit, Superyard Sun Shade, and the

Playmat with Sunshade32. Playmat with Sunshade

Give the tiniest family members quality outdoor time with a playmat-turned-SPF-turned-sunshield. From the most basic, which literally provide a shaded spot for tummy time, to the fancy versions with bells and whistles, these portable mats ensure your little one is protected from harsh UV rays and the hot sun.

Bottom Line: If you’re planning to spend time at the beach, the campground, a park or anywhere outside, bring along this baby-safe sun protection.

Also Try: Pacific Play Tents Lil Nursery Tent and Kelsyus Classic Stripe Island Shade Shack

Child Immersion Alarm33. Child Immersion Alarm

It’s a terrifying thought, but any time your kids play near the water they’re at risk of injury and drowning. A child immersion alarm keeps them safe – and puts your mind at ease – by sounding an alarm if it’s immersed. Note that most alarms work only in salt water pools (not the ocean).

Bottom Line: Buy yourself some peace of mind with one of these gadgets, so you can enjoy water time as much as your kids do.

Also Try: Pool Patrol Pool Alarm and Poolguard In-Ground Pool Alarm

Child Tether or Harness34. Child Tether/Harness

Travel is exciting, especially for little ones constantly on the hunt for new places to explore – a whole new world of hiding spots and climbing opportunities. A child tether or child harness helps you keep toddlers and young children within reach, so they don’t wander off or get lost in unfamiliar crowds.

Bottom Line: When you’re traveling with young children to cities or crowded locales, a harness will keep them by your side – even when they don’t want to hold your hand (like during those inevitable temper tantrums!).

Also Try: BRICA By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack and the Safety 1st Child Harness

Portable Life Jacket35. Portable Life Jacket

If your travel plans involve time near a pool, a pond, a river, a lake or an ocean, don’t leave home without a flotation device for each member of your family. Traditional life jackets are bulky and difficult to pack, but their portable counterparts, which can be deflated for pack and inflated for use, are perfect for compact packing.

Bottom Line: Keep your luggage small and your family water-safe with inflatable life jackets.

Also Try: Onyx Co2 Automatic Vest-Universal Adult and Power Swimr System

Child Locator36. Child Locator

If you have an inquisitive (or quick) toddler, you probably worry they’ll slip away in a crowded city or attraction. A child locator provides peace of mind – and security, if you ever do get separated. It works similarly to a phone locator, emitting a high-pitched beep to help you locate your child. Just clip it to your little one’s shirt in the morning, and keep the activator with you throughout the day.

Bottom Line: For curious little explorers, a child locator provides an extra layer of security in crowded areas.

Also Try: Mommy I’m Here in Blue or Pink

ID Tattoos37. ID Tattoos

When you’re headed to crowded attractions or even wide, open spaces, it’s a good idea to anticipate what you’ll do if you get separated from your kids. One solution: let your children sport some bling – temporary tattoos complete with your contact information.

Bottom Line: Keep a few of these temporary ID tattoos in your purse, in the car, or in your wallet, so you can pop one on anytime.

Also Try: Safety Tats in Race Car, Zoo, Sports, and Emergency Responder themes, and Travel ID Bands

Glow Stick Jewelry38. Glow Stick Jewelry (Yes, Really)

Your kids may think glow stick jewelry is good fun, but you know it’s also a safety feature: when you’re out after dark, deck your children out in glowing necklaces, bracelets, earrings and glasses. Whether you’re at an amusement park, in the city, or out in wilderness, they’ll always be easy to spot in their glowing accessories.

Bottom Line: Make safety fun for your kids with easy-to-see glow stick jewelry.

Also Try: Premium Glow Stick Necklaces and Glow Stick Bracelets

Safe Sleeping

Wearable Blanket39. Wearable Blanket

You can’t take your crib with you, but you can take the next best thing: a wearable blanket, a.k.a. sleep sack. These awesome little buntings keep your child warm but eliminate the need for bulky blankets (a.k.a. SIDS risks). Bonus: since they don’t have leg holes, they also help prevent your child from climbing out of the bed, cot, or hotel crib at night.

Bottom Line: If your travels involve chilly nights and infants/toddlers, don’t leave home without a wearable blanket or two.

Also Try: Miracle Blanket Sleeper Wearable Blanket and aden + anais Muslin Sleeping Bag

Portable Toddler Bed40. Portable Toddler Bed

Getting your toddler to sleep can be hard enough; getting him to sleep in an unfamiliar, adult bed with no bedrails is nearly impossible (and anxiety provoking, to boot). Enter the portable toddler bed: an inflatable bed (takes just 30 seconds from zero to fully filled) that has built-in rails and is the perfect size for your opinionated little adult.

Bottom Line: Make your toddler feel special while you keep him safe in an inflatable, portable bed built just for him.

Also Try: Leachco BumpZZZ Travel Bed and Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed

Inflatable Bed Rails41. Inflatable Bed Rails

If you don’t want to pack an entire bed in your bags, at least throw in some inflatable bed rails. They work just like your toddler’s rails at home, so there’s no learning curve, but can be packed small and installed on any bed in just minutes. Bedtime solved. (Sort of.)

Bottom Line: No matter where you stay, portable bed rails ensure your toddler won’t fall out of bed.

Also Try: Magic Bumpers Portable Child Safety Bed Guard and BedBugz Portable Bed Bolster

Travel Crib

Travel cribs, or pack ‘n plays, do double-duty when traveling with newborns and infants. During they day, they give babes a safe place to roll and play; at night, they convert to safe places to sleep. Best of all, travel cribs fold down to stroller-size packages: throw the over your shoulder, tote around in the car, or even take them on the plane.

Bottom Line: With a travel crib, babies always have a safe spot to play and sleep.

Also Try: Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages and Graco Pack n Play on the Go Travel Crib

Other

Potty Protectors43. Potty Protectors

Travel is hard enough for potty training toddlers and the newly potty trained: why make it any harder with complicated squatting or careful toilet-paper placement? Potty protectors create a sanitary barrier between your child’s skin and public toilets, making it easy for your kids to use the restrooms without giving you a panic attack.

Bottom Line: If you’ll be in the vicinity of public restrooms, these potty liners will save your sanity.

Also Try: Neat Solutions Dora the Explorer Potty Toppers and the Summer Infant 40-Pack

Baby Carrier44. Baby Carrier

An ergonomic baby carrier makes travel easier with infants and young toddlers. These carriers comfortably distribute your baby’s weight evenly, so you can carry your little one (hands free!) for hours. Bonus: performance or sport carriers are made with lightweight materials that promote venting, so neither you nor babe will overheat on a hot day.

Bottom Line: If you have kids under 30 pounds, you’ll love hands-free carriers – especially on roads or terrain unfriendly to strollers.

Also Try: Osprey Packs Poco Hiking Carrier and the Moby Wrap with SPF 50+

Water Filter45. Water Filter

Adventurous and outdoor families will love having a portable water filter – a handy device that renders river, creek, and even rainwater safe for drinking. A good filter exceeds EPA standards and removes a minimum of 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and parasites.

Bottom Line: If your family enjoys long hikes, camping, or other outdoor excursions, grab a water filter for on-the-go refreshment.

Also Try: Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System and Personal Water Filter Straw

Lightweight Umbrella Stroller46. Lightweight Umbrella Stroller

A lightweight, folding stroller is one of those life-saving devices that, once you have it, you won’t know how you lived without it. Forget the old-fashioned umbrella strollers that made awkward turns: today’s portable strollers are agile and tough, capable of hopping curbs and negotiating tight spaces.

Bottom Line: If you have a little one with limited walking stamina, a modern folding stroller is a must-have.

Also Try: UPPAbaby 2013 G-Lite Stroller and The First Years Ignite Stroller

Inflatable Baby Bathtub47. Inflatable Baby Bathtub

When you travel with an infant, bath time can be a challenge: huge hotel tubs, shower-only bathrooms, too-tiny sinks, and jetted bathtubs throw off your routine. An inflatable bathtub is very lightweight and folds down to almost nothing, but blows up to a full-size baby bath once you reach your destination.

Bottom Line: Save yourself bath-time headaches (and mishaps) with a portable kiddo bathtub.

Also Try: Safety 1st Kirby Inflatable Tub and One Step Ahead Secure Transitions Inflatable Baby Tub

Traveling Photo Album48. Traveling Photo Album

When traveling anywhere you can easily get separated, outfit your kiddo’s backpack (or back pocket), your purse, or your wallet with current photos of your family. Mini brag books are the perfect accessory, allowing you to add a photo of each family member and any contact information you’d like to include.

Bottom Line: Help authorities spot family members in a crowd by arming every member of your family with current photos of everyone in your travel party.

Also Try: Pioneer Wallet Bound Photo Album

Personal Alarm49. Personal Alarm

If you’re traveling without your car, you may miss the security of your keyfob’s on-demand alarm. Grab an inexpensive personal alarm and carry it with you everywhere: it will emit a loud alarm upon activation and, if required, you can pull the emergency release for 30 minutes of continuous alarm sound.

Bottom Line: Even if your car remote stays at home, your personal alarm can travel with you.

Also Try: Vigilant Emergency Alarm with LED Light and Streetwise iAlarm

Travel High Chair50. Travel High Chair

You can’t find booster chairs everywhere you go, but you can take your own everywhere. Innovative, portable booster seats take table restraint on the road, attaching to any chair to keep your little ones safely seated at a restaurant, rental house, or family’s home.

Bottom Line: Prevent mealtime escapees (and serious stress) with portable booster chairs.

Also Try: My Little Seat Infant Seats and BambinOz Anywhere Chair Travel High Chair

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Take Your Children to R-Rated Movies

kids-r-rated-moviesThe Motion Picture Association of America, Inc (MPAA) helped to create the rating system we use for movies back in 1966 to replace the Hays Code. Today, the Rating Board, which assigns ratings to movies, consists of eight to 13 members. These members all have parenting experience of some kind, so they have experience with children and what is appropriate for each age group.

Rated R movies are ones that are considered to contain adult material including hard language, intense violence, sexually-oriented nudity, and so on. According to the MPAA website, “Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.” Before bringing your kids along to see a rated R movie, consider the following reasons for leaving the kids at home.

It’s Hard to Enjoy the Movie

When watching movies that have raunchy humor, such as found in movies like Good Luck Chuck, which includes many sexual innuendos as well as graphic nudity, it’s hard to relax and just enjoy the movie knowing there are kids in the theater watching with you (whether your kids or someone else’s). It just makes you uncomfortable.

Kids Might Get Bored

For other more serious movies that are touching but have adult themes (Schindler’s List), you might run into another problem—kids running up and down the aisle. While the movie may be engaging to you, it’s going to over the heads of the kiddos, which leads to boredom and then to kids finding ways to entertain themselves till the movie is over. This is distracting to you as well as others in the theater who don’t want to be distracted by loud or active kids. By leaving the kids home, you can see the whole movie rather than having to pull them out of the theater to avoid aggravating the other theater-goers.

Kids Will Be Scared

For horror movies and scary movies, such as Sweeny Todd starring Johnny Depp, kids are just not mature enough to handle what’s on the screen. In 2006, a study was conducted by the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. It found that while children under the age of 5 might not understand horror movies, they are still psychologically affected by them. Effects can include anxiety, phobias, sleep problems, aggression, and violence. If it’s a movie you haven’t seen before, consider watching the movie before deciding whether it’s appropriate for your children. You also might want to wait till the movie is released on DVD. Watching the movie on a smaller screen, in the comfort of your own home, and with the lights on may make it less scary.

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Babies Will Cry

When you go to the movie theater to watch a movie, you are entering a social contract with other movie-goers. That social contract says that you will do your best to make it an enjoyable experience and in return other patrons will do their best to make it an enjoyable experience. This includes not talking loudly, not turning on mobile devices with bright screens, and silencing your phone. When you bring your darling infant to the movie theater, though he or she may be too young to be influenced negatively by the content, you’re breaking that social contract. No mattdier how soundly the babe is sleeping at the beginning of the movie, more than likely there will come a point when that baby wakes up and cries, ruining the movie for all other attendants. If you’re considering bring young children to the theater, put yourself in the shoes of the other movie-goers. How would you feel if you had paid a babysitter so you could have a rare night out with your sweetheart just to have the movie ruined by someone else’s crying child? So not cool. If you can’t find a babysitter, instead of heading to the theater, consider putting the kids to bed and finding a movie on Direct TV or Netflix, where you can relax, enjoy your sweetheart kid-free.

Keeping Your Kids Away May Help Prevent Early Drinking

A study, published in the May 2010 issue of Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, was conducted in the New England area and involved 3,600 students that attended middle school. The researchers followed the kids over the course 13 to 24 months. Out of the group that said they weren’t allowed to watch R-rated movies, only 3 percent of them started drinking alcohol. For those that were allowed to watch R-rated movies “sometimes,” 19 percent started drinking. Finally, 25 percent of the group that was allowed to watch R-rated movies “all of the time” started drinking.

In this study, parenting style was taken into account, asking the participants how strict their parents are in general and what their parenting style is. Even with that taken into consideration, researchers found that exposure to R-rated movies was still linked to an increase in likelihood of early drinking.

When it comes down to it, when possible leave the kiddos at home when heading out to a movie in the theater. It will allow you to enjoy the movie more, have some special alone time with your sweetheart, and probably save you money (babysitters are often less expensive than the price of movie tickets for the kids).

 
 

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

According to 2012 projections, one in every 36 homes will be burglarized this year. Each of these burglaries will cost its homeowner an average of $1,675. But you can reduce the chances of becoming a statistic by employing these five simple home security tips.

Don’t Advertise When You’re Away

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It is tempting to brag about your upcoming tropical vacation on Facebook, but your indiscretion could make you a target for crime. Australia’s Edith Cowan University interviewed 69 burglars and found that one of their favorite ways to find targets is scanning social media for status updates. If thieves are doing it in Australia, you can bet they’re doing it everywhere.

By extension, it’s smart to keep tight-lipped in your answering machine and voicemail messages. Any crook can pick a number from the phone book and learn you’re cruising the Caribbean, just as easily as they learn your address. Notify just a few trusted family members or friends you’ll be away, instead of broadcasting the news to your wider circles.

Secure Your Home

Home security systems aren’t cheap, but studies show they’re investments worth making. The Electronic Security Association learned nine out of ten burglars would leave a home untouched if they found an alarm. You’ll also save in the long-run, as insurers readily offer discounts of 15% to 20% to customers with home security systems.

Ramp Up Your Protection

You can further protect your home by placing valuables away from prying eyes. Safes are a relatively affordable place to securely store your jewelry, laptop, and other small electronic devices. Keeping them hidden won’t just protect these items, it may also stop thieves from accessing financial and personal details you’ve stored electronically.

You can’t be at home all the time, but a guard dog can. Australian researchers found 53% of thieves would steer clear of a home protected by man’s best friend. While large breeds like Dobermanns and Rottweilers are the most intimidating, even a small dog can work wonders. Many thieves will disappear once a tiny dog starts yapping to alert the neighbors of trouble.

Keep Up Appearances

Houses that don’t look lived in are much greater targets for burglars. Ask family members, friends, or neighbors to collect your mail, park in your driveway, take garbage cans in and out, and mow your lawn while you’re on vacation.

Timers on your lights, television sets, and radios can make a home appear inhabited while you’re away. Remember to also lower the ringer volume on your landline phone to make sure thieves won’t hear it ringing out.

Lock Up Carefully

This tip sounds like a no-brainer, but in 2008 State Farm Insurance found that fewer than half of the 1,000 American homeowners it questioned locked their front doors. It’s vital to lock not just your front door, but every door and window, every time you leave the house.

The average thief spends just 60 seconds illegally entering a home. If you can make a criminal’s job harder, you could deter him from targeting your property.

You can’t keep an eye on your home and possessions at all times, but with a little know-how you can help them stay safe while you’re away.

 
 

7 Ways to Protect Your New Home

When moving into a new home, making it safe should top your list of priorities. For many, home and safety serve as synonyms. If you’ve just moved into a new home, consider taking these precautions to make your house as safe as possible.

1. Change the Locks

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You really can’t know how many people might have keys to your home, even in a newly built house. Anybody who worked on the house or worked to sell the house probably has a key. You can’t always trust that those people will respect your home and belongings. As soon as you’ve arrived, you should change the locks on all the doors or anything else that uses a key or pin lock. Many modern homes use pin locks for any sliding glass doors or windows.

2. Protect Your Valuables

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The process of protecting your stuff begins with prioritizing your valuables. Figure out what you can and cannot live without. For anything that makes the cut, put your name on it, preferably in a permanent way. Take pictures of your items and save receipts.

Do anything you can do to prove you own these items ensures your credibility if anything does happen. If the police find any of your belongings, it certainly helps them decide whether you truly owned them in the first place. Photos also give proof to insurance companies on the status and state of your possessions upon your move in.

3. Install a Security System

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Installing a security system is something that also needs to get done as soon as possible, preferably before you spend your first night in the new home. If you owned a security system for your previous home, you can get help moving it into your new home.

If you don’t have a system, get a new one. Security systems don’t just offer alarms, but also security signs, lights, and video surveillance, as well as other options. Figure out what makes you feel safest. Some insurance companies will actually lower their rates if you let them know you have a security system installed.

4. Secure the Fence

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Check your whole fence line out; see if you notice an holes or weak spots where anybody could easily come through. Keep your fence in top shape. This simultaneously keeps burglars out and keeps anybody playing in your backyards (pets or small children) from getting out. If you have a gate, make sure it’s working properly.

5. Meet Your Neighbors

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Besides being the right thing to do, meeting your neighbors generally increases your safety in the neighborhood. Extend a helping hand, let them know you care about their safety and the safety of everyone around you. Creating a sense of community helps everybody feel safer, and increases our desire to help each other.

6. Secure Environmental Alerts

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Check all the smoke alarms in the house. You might as well replace the batteries; you have no idea how long they’ve sat in the detector. You can also consider installing water and temperature monitors, depending on where you live, to help prevent any sort of natural disaster (like fires, floods, etc.).

7. Establish Unpredictable Patterns

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If you worry about burglars, change up your schedule! Park your car in different places, make it unclear if you’re home or not. The less predictable your lifestyle, the harder it is for burglars to catch you by surprise. You can even use timers to set items or lights in your house on and off at random times, giving the illusion that somebody is home. Getting motion sensor lights may also help in scaring burglars away.

Of course, there many ways to make your home as safe as possible. What makes you feel safe at home?

 
 

Internet Safety for Kids: 17 Cyber Safety Experts Share Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online

For parents in the digital age, one of the most ever-present concerns is Internet safety. How can you keep your children and teens safe online? Today, this means protecting their identities, keeping them safe from predators, and helping them avoid mistakes that will follow them into the future. There are so many schools of thought – will you install safety software, have regular conversations, or limit online time? Which method is right for you and your family?

To help you evaluate your choices, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s foremost experts on Internet and cyber security. We asked them one simple question:

“What’s your most important tip for parents to keep their children safe online?”

We’ve collected and compiled their expert advice into this comprehensive resource guide for parents and children about internet safety. We hope it will help you make decisions and keep your kids safe online.

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Meet Our Panel of Cyber Safety Experts:


Frank Gallagher


Frank Gallagher of Cable in the ClassroomFrank Gallagher is the Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom (CIC). He specializes in Internet safety, information literacy, media education, and the impact that media can have on children. He is responsible for monitoring the relationship between schools and the cable industry, and for writing materials for education and the cable industry.


The most important tip I can share with parents about keeping kids safe online is…

Kids make mistakes. But multiple studies have shown that children often won’t go to parents and caregivers when something bad happens online. That’s because they think mom or dad won’t understand, will take away their phone or computer, or will intervene but only make things worse. It’s hard to keep kids safe when they’re not letting you into their digital life.

So, the most important thing a parent can do to help keep their children safe online is to have an ongoing conversation with them about technology. Have children teach you how to do something. Ask them what’s the coolest thing about the latest app. Play an online game with them (and be graceful when you lose). Let them show you the cool trick they just learned. Have them help you with a task that requires Internet use. Show that you are interested in the technology and how they use it. Show that you understand the important role technology and the Internet play in their lives.

In these ongoing conversations, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to comment, teach, and reinforce your family’s values and behavioral expectations, to help your children learn to be more thoughtful and responsible technology users.

Aaron Harder


Aaron Harder of Entropy MultimediaAaron Harder started Entropy Multimedia, Inc in 2001. Entropy has developed a number of web-based educational tools over the years, including LearningLab.org. Built in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education and Paws Inc., LearningLab.org offers educational videos for children on a wide variety of topics presented by characters from the popular comic strip Garfield.

My most important cyber safety tip for kids is…

Our team agrees that the single most important tip is low-tech: talk with your children. Talk about the websites they go to, about how to avoid ads/enticements, about how to be polite to others when communicating online, about how to respond to personal questions from others, and generally all those things adults know about human relationships that kids don’t know yet.

Kids may be smarter about how to use technology, but adults are much more savvy about how to handle relationships. Develop a relationship of trust with the kids through open communication so that they will come to you when they encounter a problem, without worrying that you’ll ban them from their technology. This is also the basic message we offer kids in our Internet Safety episode—tell an adult you trust about anything troubling.


David Harley


David Harley of We Live SecurityDavid Harley BA CITP FBCS CISSP is an author/editor, IT security researcher, and consultant known for his research into malware, Mac security, anti-malware product testing and email abuse, about which he’s written more books, papers and articles than anyone could reasonably be expected to read. He is a Senior Research Fellow with the security company ESET and We Live Security.

The most important internet safety tip I can share with parents is…

In ‘Howards End’, Margaret Schlegel quotes her father as saying ‘It’s better to be fooled than to be suspicious’ and explains that ‘the confidence trick is the work of man, but the want-of-confidence trick is the work of the devil.’

Forster was capable of considerable foresight: ‘The Machine Stops’ – written in 1909 – suggests that he would have been no more surprised at modern communications and information-sharing technologies – the Internet, if you like – than H.G. Wells. But if he had experienced the real, present-day Internet and social media, I think his heroine’s thoughts might have been a little more pragmatic. Trust in the fundamental goodness of the human spirit is a fine principle, but scepticism is a better survival characteristic in a hostile environment. And make no mistake, the Internet’s potential for anonymity and pseudonymity make it an environment where much more than money may be at risk.

Should you therefore teach your children paranoia? Of course not: there are already too many people terrified to use computers and/or the internet because they don’t know who or what to trust.

What I’m suggesting is much more difficult: to teach them to trust their own judgement rather than rely entirely on technical solutions and conflicting ‘official’ information resources. That sounds simple enough, but you also have to help direct them towards strategies for developing sound analysis and judgement, what educationalists call critical thinking. But it’s too critical a task to leave to educationalists: helping your children to help them themselves starts way before nursery school. The Wild West analogue that is the Internet is in many respects as lawless as any frontier settlement, but its outlaws enjoy the possibility of anonymity and pseudonymity that the blackhats of the Old West could never have dreamed of.

While I don’t advocate giving babes in arms immediate and unrestricted access to the cyberfrontier, it’s worth trying to give children a gentle, guided introduction: encourage them to try things, ask questions, and engage in constructive dialog: “It says here that…. do you think that’s really true?”

And there, of course, is the catch. Think of yourself as an educationalist, and like any competent teacher, make sure you’re learning enough yourself to earn your child’s trust as a teacher. It’s not about being the font of all knowledge: they will learn much more if, when you run into a problem, you tackle it together. Even now, many parents are still content to assume that their children are – even at an early age – more competent with computers and software than they are themselves. Even if this is sometimes true, as an adult you are much better equipped to apply your coping experience of the less salubrious aspects of life in general to online life. Don’t confuse technical grasp with coping.


Jayne A. Hitchcock


Jayne HitchcockJayne A. Hitchcock is a noted cyber crime and cyber bullying expert who trains law enforcement about cyber issues and speaks to students about staying safer online. She is president of two all-volunteer organizations, Working to Halt Online Abuse and WHO@-KTD (Kids/Teen Division at haltabusektd.org), and is on the faculty of the University of Maryland University College and lives in southern Maine with her husband and Siberian Husky, Phoebe The Cyber Crime Dog (yes, really).

The most important tip I can share about online safety for kids is…

I tell parents to listen to their children and not freak out if their child tells them someone is bothering them online, making them feel uncomfortable or that they clicked on a link that led them to a porno site. Kids and teens are usually afraid they will be punished if they do go to their parents. So keep an open mind, listen and try to resolve the situation – it’s not your child’s fault. Help them! You can also get more tips from my organization’s web site for kids, teens and their parents at haltabusektd.org.


Aditi Jhaveri


FTC LogoAditi Jhaveri is a Consumer Education Specialist in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Aditi helps develop and implement national campaigns on critical consumer protection issues such as online safety, financial literacy, avoiding scams, and preventing identity theft. She writes for the award-winning website, OnGuardOnline.gov, the federal government’s site to help children, parents, educators, and other consumers stay safe and responsible online.

One of my most important cyber safety tips for kids and parents is…

The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. Research suggests that when children want important information, most rely on their parents. Start the conversation early, and keep it going. Be upfront about your values and how they apply in an online context. Communicating your expectations can help your kids make smarter and more thoughtful decisions when they face tricky situations.
Help your child learn how to socialize online safely:

  • Remind kids that online actions have consequences. Emphasize that once they post something, they can’t take it back.
  • Tell kids to limit what they share. Help them understand what information should stay private — like their address, phone numbers, family financial information, Social Security number, etc.
  • Encourage online manners. Suggest that they Cc: and Reply all: with care.
  • Limit access to your kids’ profiles. Use privacy settings, create a safe screen name, and review their friends list to include only people they actually know.

To learn more, check out our video Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or kid, you can learn more about staying safe online at OnGuardOnline.gov.

Michael Kaiser


Michael KaiserAs executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Michael Kaiser engages government, corporate and nonprofit partners to develop online safety initiatives for families, educators and small businesses. Most prominent of these initiatives is the global cybersecurity awareness campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Prior to joining the NCSA in 2008, Michael spent 25 years in the field of victim’s services and rights, holding senior staff positions at the National Center for Victims of Crime and Safe Horizon.

The most important tip I can share with parents about keeping kids safe online is…

It’s about the approach: Parents should strive to be active partners with their children as they go online. View their exploration online as an opportunity to raise good digital citizens, empowering them to demonstrate critical-thinking skills and address situations like bullying.

It begins by building a positive dialogue with your children about their online experiences. Show an interest in the online environments they use and learn about them. If the child is old enough to join a social network, review the privacy settings with him/her and discuss the risks of sharing information online. Ask questions and react constructively when children encounter inappropriate material. These can lead to teachable moments for parent and child.

Parents should also become familiar with parental controls for all online devices and use age-appropriate settings to filter, monitor or block your child’s activities. However, if the focus is on monitoring and limiting where your child goes online, they may begin to hide their activity from you, which can put the child at greater risk. Safe online behavior is largely about good decision-making, so be sure to support good their choices online.

Parents also should set a good example by keeping a clean machine. Your devices should have the most recent security software, web browser and operating system installed; these are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats. The family commitment to a safe and secure online experience begins with you.

Get more resources on Raising Good Digital Citizens.


Larry Magid


Larry Magid of SafeKidsLarry Magid serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News, and is the co-director of ConnectSafely.org. In addition to being co-director of ConnectSafely.org, he founded and now operates two popular websites on Internet safety for children and teens: SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com. Larry has written several Internet safety guides including, Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

When it comes to kids and cyber safety, the most important tip I can share is…

Ask your teen what they think about safety, privacy and security. Don’t quiz them but ask them in a genuine way like you would approach a good friend or perhaps an expert because, chances are, they know a lot about these issues. Parents have a tendency to underestimate their children when it comes to safety. Studies have shows that, for the most part, kids are more savvy than we give credit for. So, before installing any filters or monitoring software or freaking out over all the things that could happen, ask your kids what they think. You may find out they know more than you think they do and you might learn something about your own online safety, privacy and security. Very young children need close supervision and close parental involvement but, as they get older, kids need freedom to.


Christine Marciano


Christine MarcianoChristine Marciano is President of Cyber Data Risk Managers, an Independent Insurance Agency specializing in Data Privacy and Cyber Liability risks. As a fully licensed Insurance Agent, Christine specializes in helping businesses and organizations understand their network and data privacy risks and helps to create a data breach response plan through the utilization of a Cyber Security/Data Breach insurance policy.

The most important internet safety tip I can share to keep kids safe online is…

With the internet being an open book, parents need to guard their children’s online privacy as the “net does not forget” anything that a child may say, do or post online. Parents should google their children’s names once a month and discuss any inappropriate findings with their children. This helps protect their children’s online safety and also helps ensure that their digital trail will not harm them in the future.


Todd Morris


Todd MorrisTodd Morris is the CEO of BrickHouse Security, a leading supplier of surveillance and security solutions for consumers, businesses of all sizes and the law enforcement community. He founded the New York City-based firm in 2003 after an impressive 15-year career in the software industry, where he worked for such visionary companies as Apple, Adobe and MapQuest. Todd lives in Larchmont, NY with his wife and children. He holds a BS in International Business from American University – Kogod School of Business.

An important tip I can share with parents about kids and internet safety is…

Based on lots of conversations with our customers, the thing that parents struggle with most is how to balance their need to know what their kids are up to while giving them the freedom and trust they need to develop emotionally. That problem hasn’t changed much across the generations – our parents and grandparents had the same concerns. But the nature of communication, especially among teens, has shifted so radically in 20 years, that today’s parents are navigating the digital landscape without a compass, or if you prefer, without an app.

A generation ago, if kids were home and they weren’t on a landline phone, they simply weren’t in contact with their friends or the world at large. And the lapses in judgment every teen makes on a regular basis didn’t have the very real potential of being instantly broadcast on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter and Reddit.

Today, your 13-year-old could be texting sexually charged messages, communicating with potential predators or enduring online bullying while sitting next to you on the couch. It’s scary, but it’s a fact.

So what are your options? There are plenty of easy-to-use technology solutions out there – simple, affordable ways to monitor your kids’ activity on their phones and computers, even after the communications have been deleted.

Only you can decide if these devices fit into your parenting philosophy, but many would argue that it’s not only within your rights as a caregiver to look into teen monitoring options, it’s also a moral imperative.

If your child is growing up in the United States in the early 21st century, he’s been handed the means to engage in a level of private, 24/7 communication that’s unprecedented in our history. The tools to monitor that communication are readily available. It’s important to know that they exist.

Hemanshu Nigam


Hemanshu NigamHemanshu (Hemu) Nigam is an online safety, security, and privacy expert and CEO of SSP Blue, an online security consultancy. He is also a frequent contributor to CNN, HLN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CBS, HLNTV.com, and abcnews.com. Hemu graduated from Boston University School of Law with J.D. in 1990 and from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Government/Political Theory in 1987. He lives in Oak Park, CA.

The most important tip I can share with parents about keeping kids safe online is…

Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting kids offline and online. As much as we want to pass on this role to others when it comes to the online world, the reality is that all parents are actually equipped to be the defenders of their children online as much as they are offline. Most every answer to the question of what should we do to keep our kids safe online comes from the online world. We’ve all done – don’t talk with strangers, don’t give up your personal information, don’t go somewhere alone, don’t go down a dark alley, be nice to others, be respectful, be helpful to your friends… and the list goes on. And yet, the lack of understanding of the technology that drives the online world is likely the single most common reason why parents tend to shy away from thinking they can keep their kids safe online.

Technology has changed so much in the last two decades that it’s hard to keep pace with all the developments.

Before we throw our hands in the air in frustration and become lean back parents, remember the book by Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It is time for us to engage with our own children and become lean forward parents. When it comes to technology, let us take the title of Fulghum’s book to the next level– All I Really Need to Know I Will Learn from My Kindergartener.

Here are some tips on getting started:

      1. Kids love to teach as much as they love to learn. Hold a technology learning class every week where you are the student and your child is the teacher.
      2. Weekly learning topics can include:
        • How to set up a Facebook profile and privacy settings
        • What is Foursquare or Tumblr and how to use it
        • How to use Facebook for group chats
        • How to find and install apps
        • What is Instagram and what do people do on it
        • What is everyone using at school
        • How to play Club Penguin and Xbox Kinect and other games
        • What are some of the bad ways for using these apps and devices
      3. Have your kids and their friends teach a larger class for other parents.
      4. Have each of your children talk about what they like most and least about the technology they use.
      5. Ask for homework (I know, this brings back bad memories of school, but suck it up).
      6. During class, ask lots of questions including the safety, security, and privacy questions you know so well.

These are just a few ways to help you be the parents that keep their kids safe online and offline. And remember, the best technology educators in the country are sitting down for supper in your kitchen every night.


John Oliver


John Oliver of Culture of SafetyJohn Oliver is a Marketing and Safety Specialist with West Bend and the Editor for CultureOfSafety.com. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Risk Management and specializes in child and technology safety issues. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, but currently resides in Madison, WI.


My most important cyber safety tip for parents about keeping kids safe is…

Want to keep your child safe online? Don’t be an ostrich.

Don’t bury your head and assume that your child isn’t going to make the same mistakes their friends will, and don’t worry that you couldn’t possibly keep up with all of the new technology.

Keeping a child safe online starts with the realization that (1) they’re going to be online interacting with the entire world, and (2) they’re going to be using the social networks, apps and services that their friends are using. All of this will be happening whether you like it or not.

Now that that’s out of the way, how do you protect them?

Most parents will never know more about all of the new up-and-coming web services than their children do. And you could spend the rest of your life trying to keep their smartphones and gaming systems completely locked down.

The only long-term solution is to teach your child that everything they do online is public and permanent. Anything they say or do online is one click away from being seen by the entire world wide web. And it’s there forever.

Salacious photos and scandalous comments are a screengrab away from being spread through message boards and online forums. Once there, the content is indexed by search engines where it’ll sit for the foreseeable future.

Sure, you could sit down with your child and explain how to “lock down” their Facebook account. You could teach them how to “protect” their Twitter and Instagram profiles. You could teach them how to “unlist” their YouTube videos. But these privacy features really only provide a false sense of security. After all, what happens when their phone gets stolen? Or what happens if an account gets hacked? These things happen every single day.

If your child recognizes that EVERYTHING they do online is PUBLIC and PERMANENT then they’ll never have to worry about a friend accidentally forwarding a private conversation, or a hacked profile page, or an online predator. If they know that they’re comfortable with everything they post online there’s never a reason to worry.

Sit down with your child tonight and discuss these issues openly. Consider downloading and signing the Digital Consciousness Contract from the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication. Regularly check in on their online activity to ensure they’re making the proper decisions.

And if none of this works… scare them. Have your child connect their Facebook profile to Take This Lollipop and then restart the discussion about public and permanent. You can do it. Just don’t be an ostrich.


Dr. Mike Ribble


Mike Ribble of Digital CitizenshipDr. Mike Ribble is a lifelong educator, working as science educator, assistant principal and adjunct faculty at both the community college and university levels. He has also worked in the technology field as a Network Administrator, Technology Trainer and Director of Technology. Dr. Ribble has been researching the topic of Digital Citizenship for the past eight years. He has publishing of two books Digital Citizenship in Schools (second edition just released in 2011) and Raising a Digital Child: A Digital Citizenship Handbook for Parents.

The most important tip I can share with parents about internet safety is…

The most important tip for parents that I can provide to parents about keeping kids safe online is to remember REPs (Respect, Educate and Protect). If parents can pass along the idea of Respecting themselves and others when using technology, the issues of cyberbullying would decrease significantly.

Children need to keep in mind their reputation when posting anything. Kids need to be reminded that there are others on the other side of that text, post or Tweet. By doing this the issues will decrease. Second, that children needs to Educate themselves on how the technology works before jumping out and using it. Everyone will save themselves the headaches of wishing they would have known the guidelines before using a new technology, app or social network. Children need to learn that there are certain rules for when and where using technology is appropriate. And finally, Protect themselves when posting information in a social network or post.

If you make your children aware of what they post today may be seen by someone they may not want to see it, there will be less concerns of one’s digital footprint. Children should learn that they need to look out for others when using technology. Parents need help their children to make good decisions that keep themselves safe and help others. If everyone helps in this process there will only be good information that every person can be proud to share with their entire family.

Donna Rice Hughes


Donna Rice HughesDonna Rice Hughes, President and CEO of Enough Is Enough (EIE), is an internationally known Internet safety expert, author, and speaker. Donna has given more than 4,000 media interviews on Internet safety, including featured guest spots on Dateline, The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah and 20/20. Under her leadership and vision, EIE created the Internet Safety 101℠ program with the U.S. Department of Justice. She is also the executive producer, and host of the Telly award winning Internet Safety 101 ℠ DVD series.

The most important tip I can share with parents about internet safety for thier children is…

Defending children against Internet dangers can seem like an overwhelming task. While there is no silver bullet to keep kids safe in the virtual space, the good news is that you don’t need a Ph.D. in Internet technology to be a great cyber-parent. However, you do need to make a commitment to become familiar with the technology your children use and to stay current with Internet safety issues. Our goal is to educate, empower, and equip parents and other caring adults with the knowledge and resources needed to protect children from online p*rnography, sexual predators and cyberbullies , as well as cyber security risks and dangers related to social networking, online gaming and mobile devices. The most important and comprehensive safety tip is to implement both Internet safety rules and tools (Rules ’N Tools®) on all of your child’s Internet enable devices—one without the other isn’t enough!”


Leonie Smith


Leonie Smith, The Cyber Safety LadyLeonie Smith, “The Cyber Safety Lady,” is an Internet safety educator, speaker and presenter based in Sydney, Australia. She is the founder of The Cyber Safety Lady, a website and blog to promote cyber safety, and to provide cyber bullying solutions for children, parents, students, schools and businesses. Leonie is also the founder and owner of Digital Breezes, a social media consultancy firm that focuses on social media marketing… the safe way.

The most important tip for keeping kids safe on the internet is…

Never hand over an Internet-connected device before you know how it works, what your child has access to, and learning where the settings for parental controls and safe search filters are. The worst cases of pedophilia and cyber bullying I have seen that has occurred online with clients of mine who come to me after their child has been abused online, happened soon after the parent blindly handed over a mobile device or PC without looking into the restrictions that each device comes with. The parents also hadn’t set boundaries with their child so that they had to ask permission before downloading new apps.

Get educated, parents; go to Cyber Safety awareness talks; and find out what your kids are doing online and what you can do to keep them safe! Learning new skills is hard, and yes it does take some time, but if you don’t take time to learn about the internet your child might have a nasty episode that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. Act before it happens, and don’t assume you know enough to keep them safe.


Teri L. Schroeder


Teri Schroeder of iSafeTeri L. Schroeder realized there was a vast need for Internet safety education while CEO of a content provider on America Online, and here found her true calling — helping children. She started up the non-profit i-SAFE foundation and the deployment of i-SAFE, a resource of prevention-based, empowering curriculum, materials, and training, as well as e-learning platforms and compliance enterprise solutions are sought by schools and school districts across the United States.

The most important tip I can share with parents about their kids and cyber safety is…

The most important tip I can share with parents is to not under estimate your parental discernment as it pertains to your child’s online safety. So many parents today feel “challenged” and intimidated due to the fact their child may know more about technology than they do. I encourage parents to apply the same guidance and direction, as it pertains to their child’s online safety, as they do with their children in the real world. Technology is a huge catalyst on how children socialize, communicate and academically learn. A parent may find themselves in a situation whereby their son/daughter may know more about the “mechanics” on how to navigate within a certain online program or app.

When a parent finds themselves in this situation use this time to have your child teach you the “technical” mechanics simultaneous to you empowering your son/daughter with solid parental wisdom and guidance on how they are viewed and perceived online. Always remind your child that they are “somebody” that matters in the real world and that also applies to the cyber world. This means that when they create an online “name” for themselves and share information online as it pertains to their hobbies, likes and dislikes….this information matters. All parents are concerned about their child’s safety and most importantly how they are perceived by others….in the online world this is called “digital reputation.” As parents our job is to guide and protect our children. As our children get older, and become more independent, our parental guidance and direction matures as well. The same methodology applies on and off line.


Robert Siciliano


Robert Siciliano of McAfeeRobert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com and McAfee Identity Theft expert and speaker, is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans to protect themselves from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace.

One of the most important online safety tips I can share with parents is…

Learn everything your kid knows about the devices they use and much more. Become an expert in all the websites they visit and become familiar with everyone they communicate with. Letting your kids run free on the web is no different than letting them get behind the wheel of a car. You need to know they are ready to roll before you give them the keys.

Tim Woda


Tim Woda of uKnowKidsTim Woda is an Internet and Mobile Safety Expert and Senior VP of Strategic Growth for uKnow.com. uKnow.com is the creator of Parental Intelligence Systems that help keep children safe online and make digital parenting easier for mom and dad. Tim’s ongoing mission is to educate parents about the latest digital dangers and trends to make sure that the Internet remains a safe place for children. Tim attended the University of Maryland, College Park but left before receiving a degree to become a serial entrepreneur. He currently lives in Bowie, MD.

The most important tip I can share with parents about keeping children safe online is…

Parents need to participate in their children’s digital world. Rules are not enough. Parental control software is not enough. We need to teach our kids how to use and enjoy technology responsibly and that is best achieved by engaging early and often.

Parents need to play games and interact online with their children. I go into schools all the time and ask, “How many of you have ridden bikes with your kids? How many of you have played dollhouse with your kids?” Parents’ hands go up. “How many of you have played Minecraft? How many of you have played a game online with your children?” Arms never go up. Moms and dads need to appreciate that the toys of childhood have changed, and if they want to engage it might include sitting around playing Minecraft together. It may not be Monopoly.


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Top 25 Safety Articles of the Week: March 29

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This spring, stay safe while you exercise your green thumb

This week, we’re featuring several new faces with lots of interesting content on keeping your home, your family, your table, and your workplace safe.

Home Safety

  1. We all understand the importance of home security, but we also know it can be pricey. Rehna from Ardor NY Real Estate gives us five inexpensive ways to boost your home’s security.
  2. Metzae at Dandy Gadget has an interesting article on how smart-home technology is changing the face of home security.
  3. We’ve discussed how to burglar-proof your doors, and the Homes and House blog echoes these sentiments, recommending super-sturdy composite doors for security.
  4. Tammy, from A Mom and Her Blog, talks about the benefits of wireless home security systems.
  5. Powers Heating & Air has a different take on staying safe at home, doling out sage advice on three all-too-common home safety hazards.
  6. Spring has sprung, and WeMakeItSafer has some great tips on safe and healthy gardening this season.
  7. And April of Safety Source reminds us to keep fire safety in mind during our annual spring cleaning.

Family & Child Safety

  1. Just in time for spring break, Ayngelina of Travel + Escape hands out 5 travel safety tips you’ve probably never heard of.
  2. Mom Knows it All Evelyn talks about teaching your kids some important lessons in safety and personal security.
  3. If you’re celebrating this Sunday, Ask the Babyproofer has 10 tips to keep Easter fun and safe.
  4. Larry at SafeKids writes and impassioned an interesting article on bullying – and how adults need to stop bullying each other (and kids).
  5. Free Range Lenore sends us to Life As An Adverb for a great article on letting go and letting kids be kids.

Food Safety

  1. The Parent Report speaks with allergist Dr. John Dean to dish out info on signs and symptoms of food allergies.
  2. And Deb at Kids With Food Allergies follows up with some great, nutritional food substitutions for kids with food allergies.

Mobile & Cyber Safety

  1. Tim at uKnowKids outlines a three-step plan to help keep your children away from the dangers of sexting.
  2. Tim follows up with another great post, this time on 10 common Internet scams that could ensnare your kids.
  3. We Live Security reminds us of the ongoing problems criminal hackers are unleashing on Yahoo! email users.
  4. If you think you’re cyber insurance policy covers cloud computing, Christine warns that may not be the case.
  5. Parents often hone in on Facebook when thinking of online safety, but Leonie the Cyber Safety Mom reminds us that mobile apps are an important element to Internet safety.

Senior Safety

  1. The Aging Wisely blog counts down the top 10 signs you may need a geriatric care manager.
  2. And Elder Care at Home reports on the scary truth: prescription medication mishaps are common among seniors.

Work Safety

  1. If you’ve ever thought, “oh, my aching feet!”, Oshatoes wants you to know foot pain is not normal. And they review three common foot problems – plantar fasciitis, bunions, and neuromas – and how to prevent them.
  2. Facility Management Magazine reviews how to minimise contractor risks by embracing accountability. (I can just hear the Australian accent as I spell minimise!)
  3. And speaking of Australia, the Safety At Work blog brings us some interesting news: Simon Corbell, ACT’s Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, surprised the country by accepting 27 safety recommendations from a recent report,  stating, “Safety is an issue for every person on a construction site with principal contractors, sub-contractors, workers, unions and the Regulator all working together… The Government expects employers and unions to demonstrate leadership on this issue.”
  4. Finally, Blog4Safety has some handy tips on how to prevent slip and fall accidents in the workplace or at your business.
 
 

Top 25 Safety Articles of the Week: March 22

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Don’t feel guilty; there’s always time to introduce healthier, better foods

Does this photo make you feel guilty? It did when I first saw it. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my son’s eating habits, specifically his lack of green vegetable consumption. I swear, his superpower is the ability to pick a green veggie out of absolutely any food, even pizza.

But guilt is not the point of the image. The point is to encourage healthy eating, especially since evidence shows that all those preservatives we consume are actually linked to behavior problems. Could my kid’s dinner be interrupting his sleep? Now that’s some food for thought.

Home Safety

  1. If you have little ones at home, Alison at KidSafe has an excellent home safety cheat sheet (overview), complete with babyproofing advice that even seasoned parents can overlook.
  2. Raise your hand if you love Q&A sessions. Rachel from the Culture of Safety blog answers six reader questions this week. Pop Quiz: Can you get burned by tap water?
  3. We do a lot to protect our families and homes, but here’s something that’s easily overlooked: Have you made an inventory of your possessions? That list can be indispensable in the case of theft.

Family & Child Safety

  1. What’s one surefire way to boost your immune system? Get enough sleep. Most adults need 6-8 hours, and kids need more. Taking a probiotic helps too. Check out Delpro. It’s SSF approved http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Research-Products-LLC-Delpro/dp/B00EUHOLZO
  2. If you know someone who just doesn’t “get” the effects (and dangers) of cyberbullying, send them over to iKeepSafe to read Katie’s post on bullying in the digital age.
  3. And, yes! Here’s an uplifting story: Lenore of Free Range Kids recounts a tale of two kids (ages 9 and 10) who saved a baby’s life. This is what heroes look like, readers.
  4. The news is full of the “fear factor,” but Kenny’s post at blog4safety debunks some common safety myths. Click on over to discover 20 things that are statistically safer than you think.
  5. This is almost the flip-side of the above list, but the Compliance and Safety blog shares a great infographic of 20 surprising dangers. If they weren’t dangerous, some would be almost funny. (e.g. You’re more likely to die by collapsing sandcastle than get eaten by a shark!)
  6. Caroline of Common Sense Media has some practical (read: realistic, finally!) advice about children and screen time. Because you know you let your kid watch TV.
  7. Back in my day, we plastered Mr. Yuck! stickers everywhere, but parents today can count on Jacque’s excellent post on poison prevention at Baby Product Experts.
  8. And finally, since your pets are definitely an important part of the family, PetSafe gets real about how to introduce a new cat to your household.

Food Safety

Food safety topics kept popping up this week, so they’re getting their own category! 

  1. Casey at Moms Rising summarizes a recent study linking sugar to diabetes, and encourages parents to play whack-a-mole with our kids sugary snacks.
  2. Also from Moms Rising, Debbie wrote a powerful and heartfelt post this week on junk food, school, and how hard it is today to watch what our kids eat. Read the whole post for a happy ending!
  3. Monifa, again of Moms Rising (I just can’t help it, they’re on fire this week!), explains that black children are at greater risk of childhood obesity. And she encourages all parents to sign the petition to support Junk Free Schools.
  4. Speaking of sugar and health, Consumer Reports has a scary statistic for you: soda and sugary drinks have been linked to 180,000 deaths per year.
  5. And here’s one that will strike close to home for anyone with a picky eater: evidence suggests a link between the Standard American Diet and behavior problems, like hyperactivity and sleep issues.

Mobile & Cyber Safety

  1. Hackers are getting sneakier, and meaner and more detailed. And, increasingly, hackers are targeting small businesses. WeLiveSecurity talks about keeping your customer information safe.
  2. Michael Levine and Christopher Ferguson cross-post to SafeKids and discuss whether video games influence youth violence. You might be surprised at their answer.
  3. Nikki posts to the iKeepSafe blog about passwords, specifically on how to create hacker-resistant passwords.
  4. Tim of uKnowKids is one of my favorite safety bloggers, and for good reason: his posts are always excellent – rich and meaty. This week, he gives us some great tips on how to talk to teens about sexting. Way to tackle a sensitive topic!
  5. Just one more from Tim, because it’s also important: read up on his recommended digital safety rules for every household. I love that he differentiates trust in your child from trust in everything available online. That’s an important distinction.
  6. Heads up, there’s another email scam on the loose. WeLiveSecurity clues us in to a link scam that masquerades as current events (in this case, Cyprus and its financial crisis).
  7. And here’s another timely warning; Robert Siciliano of McAfee warns about tax-time scams. Think about it: millions of Americans filing taxes + private banking and financial data + a prevalence of online tax software/advice/filing = a dream cocktail for hackers and scammers.

Senior Safety

  1. Susan of Help! Aging Parents reminds us that aging bathrooms are not the best choice for aging parents. Even small changes can make a big difference in your parents’ quality of life.

Work Safety

  1. As I sit here in my brand new desk chair, I can’t help but nod in agreement: Joe guest posts on blog4safety about why ergonomics matter so much, especially for office furniture.
 
 

Top 25 Safety Articles of the Week: March 15

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Yes, teens need limits and rule

This week, my favorite bloggers published some very interesting and thought-provoking content that I am eager to share with you. And while all these posts resonated with me on some level, one really stood out: a piece about how teens, even the most fiery and independent, still need limits.

Parenting is never easy, but I imagine that parenting a teenager is one of the toughest challenges. They’re growing up. And, in fact, few generations ago, many of them would already be married and parenting their own kids. But today is different. In some ways, kids have fewer responsibilities and in other ways, they have many more. They have to be responsible for their real-world and digital footprints. They have to learn how to say no to an ever-growing list of dangerous temptations. And it’s our job, as parents, to help guide and advise them. And that means setting limits and enforcing rules.

I will say, though, that I’m a little scared. My toddler is already as fiery and fiercely independent as any teenager. The 2020s are going to be rough on me.

Home Safety

  1. Mike, from the NFPA’s Safety Source, reminds us that we should have changed smoke detector batteries when we moved our clocks forward. He also links to a free resource (PDF) on smoke alarm safety at home.
  2. Judi, also of Safety Source, has some sound advice on cooking safety: never leave your stovetop unattended. This is an all-too-common (but preventable) cause of house fires.

Family & Child Safety

  1. We all know that it’s harder to be nasty to another person’s face, but Tim of uKnowKids puts this in context: cyberbullying is faceless, and is therefore easier and more prevalent than traditional schoolyard bullying.
  2. Speaking of bullying, here’s a feel-good post for you: Irene from KidPower tells us how swimming can prevent bullying. She also requests donations (as little as $1) for a micro-campaign to help a local school.
  3. Cyberbullies aren’t the only online predator: children’s own self-esteem can work against them. Leonie, The Cyber Safety Lady, shows us how to block self-harm websites.
  4. Free Range Kids posted a very thought-provoking reader comment: do parents today protect kids more because we love them more? Lenore posts a great reader response, plus some commentary of her own; the comments section is also a good read. What do you think?
  5. Baby Product Expert Jacque gives some great advice this week on what to eat when you’re expecting – and at the hospital, and while breastfeeding, and throughout your baby’s first year (whether you’re nursing or not – your baby needs a healthy mom!)
  6. The Parent Report has some excellent advice – I just want to shout, yes! – on why even the most independent, spirited teens still need boundaries, rules and limits.
  7. The Kids with Food Allergies blog posted an awesome resource for families: a video and guide to dining out with food allergies.

Mobile & Cyber Safety

  1. Hannah guest posts on Blog4Safety about 15 common Internet scams and how to avoid them. Forward this one to friends, folks! You never know who could fall prey to an online scam.
  2. Brian Krebs, of Krebs on Security, introduces us to a very useful, built-in browser tool that can help keep online threats at bay. It’s called “Click-to-Play” and it’s easy to use.
  3. And speaking of, WeLiveSecurity summarizes some Krebs on Security info about a malware-dissemination scheme targeted at Google Play.
  4. Teen sexting is problematic on many levels, but here’s one you don’t always consider: there are legal ramifications. Sexting can be considered child pornography. Please talk to your kids. Don’t just ban them from sexting; explain the why.
  5. Last week, the FTC cracked down on 20+ spam text messengers who send sneaky scams marauding as offers for freebies.
  6. I really appreciate Callie’s, of uKnowKids, alternative take on digital parenting and online security – how to protect your minor’s credit rating & Social Security Number.
  7. Chris Duff takes us through six common computer mistakes and how they can affect your security and computer performance.
  8. Robert Siciliano of McAfee reviews several mobile device security concerns – and provides some great, simple ways to boost your protection.
  9. Graham Cluley from Sophos clues us in to the public figure & celebrity identity hack that went down this week.
  10. An excellent question: Daniel of iKeepSafe asks, “Should hate websites be included in online safety and digital citizenship conversations?” What do you think, readers?

Senior Safety

  1. Susan of Help! Aging Parents tells her story – and explains some important differences in palliative care and hospice help.
  2. In this same vein, the Aging Wisely Blog discusses senior living and care – do you know the level of care at a retirement community? – and how to help your loved ones choose the best option for them.

Work Safety

  1. Eric at the Belden blog offers up some essential security concepts and advice for CEOs. Today, everyone has to be on top of cyber safety at work.
  2. You’ve heard of the Harlem Shake (please tell me you’ve heard of the Harlem Shake? If not, get thee to YouTube!), but did you know it could get you fired?
  3. Sad but true: Ruth of Moms Rising recounts the story of a man who was too afraid of losing money (or his job) to take sick days, and later died of cancer. Ruth encourages all Americans to contact their Congressmen and Congresswomen to support the Healthy Families Act, which is being reintroduced to Congress next week.
  4. If you don’t think bullying happens to adults, think again. Kevin of the Safety at Work Blog discusses peer pressure at work, and how it can beget unsafe situations.
 
 

Top 25 Safety Articles of the Week: March 8

fire rope ladder

Something this simple can save your family’s lives

It’s the little things in life, right? And while the phrase usually refers to life’s simple pleasures, “little things” can really be a lot of things. Like an inexpensive, compact fire ladder that saves a man’s life as he flees from a burning building.

Yes, it is the little things in life – little things that allow us to continue enjoying life. Safety measures are so important, not as a way to incite paranoia or fear but as prevention. We’ve all heard the maxim, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So this week, we’re focusing on not just the latest safety news but also on the latest ways to prevent data fraud, childhood illness, and more. Be safe!

Home Safety

  1. Lauren of Safety Source, the blog for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), shares with us a new tip sheet on outdoor electrical safety.
  2. If I haven’t yet convinced you of the importance of a fire safety plan, then you have to read this week’s story from John of the Culture of Safety on how a fire ladder saved a man’s life.

Family & Child Safety

  1. The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation shares evidence that certain airborne chemicals have been linked to immunoglobulin E (IgE) and asthma.
  2. The Huff Post and Moms Rising question the presence of questionably effective, possibly dangerous chemical flame retardants in kids’ products, like nap mats and pajamas.
  3. If you worry about your young driver acting irresponsibly in the car, KidSafe this week featured a new invention that stops teens from texting while driving. (I wish I could install in on every adult I ever pass while driving!)
  4. Tim from uKnowKids does it again, this time offering up some valuable info that is also heartwarming: check out his roundup of current anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying movements around the U.S. 
  5. Alison the SafetyMom hits the nail on the head with this week’s post, titled with the self-explanatory With Parenting Styles, One Size Does Not Fit All. You got that right!
  6. Free Range Mom Lenore always brings us the latest on all things preventing kids from being kids, and this week she has some uplifting news: a public call to ditch the “misguided security blanket” afforded by helicopter parenting policies, and focus on the real problem: red tape and lawsuits.
  7. Pets are important members of the family, but we don’t always apply the same precautions to our furry friends as we do to our kids. Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances, gives us all the details on pet-proofing to prevent poisoning.
  8. And speaking of your four-legged family members, Natalie Lester, a PetSafe Brand Communications Specialist, shows us how one door + one containment system can = independence for your pup.

Mobile & Cyber Safety

  1. Last Watchdog Byron reminds us that being on a smartphone or tablet does not make us invulnerable to data stealing, especially with the latest scams that have you clicking on links you never intended.
  2. Brian of Krebs on Security warns that suspicious activity this week prompted a password reset for all Evernote users, while Oracle’s Java also issued its third critical security update in a month.
  3. If you’ve ever been interested in the online dating scene, don’t miss this article from Safe Kids (they care about parents’ safety, too!) on online dating safety tips.
  4. Tim, of uKnowKids, clues us in to the latest sex trafficking scheme – using Facebook to find victims – and how you can protect your kids.
  5. If you’ve ever lost or had your smartphone stolen, Scott from A Silver Lining reminds us that these little touch-screens are actually mini-computers – and need to be treated as serious security risks.
  6. David of We Live Security has some excellent points on how hundreds of thousands of Facebook likes can be deceptive (and completely wrong). The article reminds me of what my mom always asked: If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?
  7. Lisa, of Sophos Naked Security, peels apart the onion layers (it’ll certainly make you cry) of the latest debit-card fraud – scammers pretending to protect your from scammers.

Senior Safety

  1. Ryan of Inside Elder Care reminds us to really dig into the policies of our parents’ or other loved ones’ assisted living or nursing care communities. What will happen in an emergency? Will community staff perform CPR?
  2. Susan at Help! Aging Parents gives us some pointers on helping our parents make the best decisions for their health, like whether they should get life-changing surgeries.
  3. The Aging Wisely blog develops a debate about the work-family balance, and how it applies to work-at-homers and eldercare.
  4. Safety Mom Alison features a really cool infographic on the “communication lifeline” – the relationship between caregiver and seniors. Alison is also hosting a Twitter party on March 13 to discuss signs your aging parents need help.

Work Safety

  1. In the U.S., construction mishaps account for 17 percent of all work-related accidents. Carl at Blog4Safety provides 5 tips for a safer construction workplace.
  2. Blog4Safety gives us another good one on how to identify the dangers of asbestos.
  3. And speaking of creating a safer workplace, Kevin from the Safety at Work Blog discusses the lack of a “safety culture” for employers and employees.
  4. If you’re in the U.S., your time is going to change this weekend. Roy at The Society for Human Resource Management reminds us all to be careful that sleep deprivation doesn’t lead to workplace accidents next week.
 
   
 

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