Safe Sound Family’s Weekly Roundup (January 18)
by Erin Raub | Last Updated Feb. 2nd, 2013
Another week, another roundup! I hope January is treating you well and that your toes are staying warm. Right now, I’m decked out in fuzzy socks, sweatpants, and a sweatshirt, and my hands are spending equal time between the keyboard and my mug of hot, hot coffee.
This week, we’re talking about airline safety, recalls, Big Brother-Mother-Father, and a child’s right to literature. Big drama over here at Safe Sound Family.
Carseats and Airplane Safety
Via Kidsafe, we have the tragic story of a six-month-old who died during a small plane accident in Canada. After being thrown from his mother’s arms, the infant was the only passenger who didn’t survive the crash. The incident has parents and officials questioning whether carseats should be required on planes. What do you think? Have you flown with a child in arms, or do you always use a carseat?
Bugaboo Cameleon and Donkey Stroller Recall
Heads up, Bugaboo owners: this week, the company recalled 46,300 Cameleon and Donkey strollers in the U.S. and 4,440 strollers in Canada. The problem that sparked the recall is a malfunctioning button on the carry seat; it can loosen and disengage on its own, presenting a fall hazard to children in the seat.
- Bugaboo Cameleon serial numbers: 04011090900001 to 04031101009999; 08011090900001 to 08021100800386; and 140100093600531 to 140103123350418
- Bugaboo Donkey serial numbers: 170101105300001 to 170104130900500
Parental Monitoring and the Internet
Well, this one opens up a can of worms. There are generally two sides to the online monitoring debate: parents who believe children should be trusted and therefore not monitored, and parents who believe they’re only doing their job if they monitor their children. I don’t have a teenager (my son has another 12 years before he hits that milestone), so I don’t know how I feel about this yet – so much could change between now and then, and I’m sure my son’s personality and responsibility will come into play. Anyway, UKnowKids has a good post this week on parental monitoring in the digital age, and how some parents walk the line between Big Brother and responsible parenting. What do you think? How do you handle your teens’ online activity?
Boulder Library to Allow Solo Children Under 12
Two weeks ago, I mentioned the Boulder Library System’s recent decision to disallow children under 12 to wander their facilities alone. Lenore from Free Range Kids spoke out against the decision, and I had to agree. (Free Range Kids is actually one of my favorite blogs, since it’s all about about giving children their freedom while keeping them safe.) This week, Lenore rejoices – and I do, too – that Boulder has repealed its original policy and updated it to include only children “in need of supervision.” So. much. better.