How to Keep Your Children Safe: A Guide for Parents

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Overview

Life in contemporary American society requires that children spend considerable time in the care of “other people.” These people include teachers, coaches, babysitters, camp counselors, ministers, neighbors, friends, and extended family. While most people who work with children do a good job, some caregivers fail to adequately care for kids, while others actually put them in harm’s way. Parents may assume that caregivers of all kinds are uniformly evaluated and “approved,” but this is not always the case. American society, despite a superficial rhetoric of concern for children, has not instituted strong national, state, or local safety nets to protect them. And because there is no comprehensive commitment to ensure child safety, there is no systematic, or even partial, oversight of adults charged with their care. As a result, parents are put in the difficult position of deciding whether caregivers of all kinds are sufficiently skilled and responsible to look after children.

How to Keep Your Children Safe is essential reading for any parent concerned about child safety. It takes a hard look at the hidden side of children’s lives—the times when they’re in contact with caregivers who aren’t doing their jobs properly. It provides detailed information on places where children are under the care of others, including day care, recreational settings, religious and civic organizations, schools, and summer camps.Vissing investigates the potential perils of each setting and enumerates ways in which parents can better monitor, or take control of, their child’s safety. By writing a realistic assessment of commonplace settings that every parent and child can relate to, and offering a road map to child safety,Vissing empowers parents to make critical decisions about their children’s lives.

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What People Are Saying

Michael F. Kalinowski
"Keeping children safe should be at the forefront of every parent's concerns. Yvonne Vissing makes a valuable contribution with descriptions of a very broad range of potential risks to children and adolescents, suggestions for parents to minimize risks, and pledges for caregivers and parents.
She explodes popular myths, shares personal parenting anecdotes, and offers internet and print sources for further investigation."
Michael F. Kalinowski, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire
Michael F. Kalinowski
“Keeping children safe should be at the forefront of every parent's concerns. Yvonne Vissing makes a valuable contribution with descriptions of a very broad range of potential risks to children and adolescents, suggestions for parents to minimize risks, and pledges for caregivers and parents.
She explodes popular myths, shares personal parenting anecdotes, and offers internet and print sources for further investigation.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584655299
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

YVONNE M. VISSING is Professor of Sociology at Salem State College where she is coordinator for its Center for Child Studies. She is the author of Women Without Children: Nurturing Lives (2002), Finding Information about Children: A Resource Guide to Using the Internet (2001), and Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Homeless Children and Families in Small Town America (1996).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Are Kids Safe?
How Safe Is Day Care?
How Safe Are Nannies and Au Pairs?
Child Care by Family and Friends: Relative Safety
Abuse of Children in Religious Organizations
“On My Honor”: Abuse in Scouts and Civic Organizations
Recreational Safety
How Safe Are Kids at Camp?
Sports: More Than Just a Game
Transportation Safety
Safety at School
Conclusion
Appendixes - Caregiver Pledge of Commitment to Provide Quality Care to Children
Parent’s Pledge to Promote Safety of Their Children
Code of Conduct for Interscholastic Coaches
Index

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