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Keeping Kids Safe: Guide for Parents of Toddlers and Teens - And All the Years In-Between
     

Keeping Kids Safe: Guide for Parents of Toddlers and Teens - And All the Years In-Between

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by Kenneth Shore, Shore
 
Essential guidance on what parents can do to protect their children and empower their children to protect themselves.
Today's children are surrounded by risks and dangers virtually unheard of a generation ago. In turn, parents are faced with fears about their children's safety that can leave many feeling utterly helpless. Keeping Kids Safe provides parents with

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Essential guidance on what parents can do to protect their children and empower their children to protect themselves.
Today's children are surrounded by risks and dangers virtually unheard of a generation ago. In turn, parents are faced with fears about their children's safety that can leave many feeling utterly helpless. Keeping Kids Safe provides parents with crucial information that will alert them to the possible risks that face their children and show them what they can do take to avoid those risks.
Organized in a list format, each chapter begins with facts about the safety issue, and then moves on to provide lists of causes, deterrent strategies, prevention techniques, and warning signs that parents should look for when dealing with each topic. Chapters conclude with a section featuring additional references, organizations, and online resources, as well as a recommended reading list. This is a handy reference that parents can turn to again and again for advice on safety risks that may arise at various stages of a child's development. Topics include:
* Choosing child care
* After school safety
* Kids and gangs
* School violence
* Gun violence
* Depression and teen suicide
* Preventing sexual abuse
* Coping with peer pressure
* Drinking and driving
* Substance abuse
* Media violence
* Safety on the Internet
Keeping Kids Safe is the "you—can—never—be—too—safe" guide that no parent should be without.

Author Biography: Dr. Kenneth Shore, a school psychologist and family counselor, is the author of three books, including Special Kids Problem Solver (Educational division of Prentice Hall, 1999), as well as many articles for parenting magazines and professional journals. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including a PBS television series called Raising Kids.

Editorial Reviews

Sweat Magazine
You encourage your child be physically active. You raised her on a healthy diet. But, in today's world, guns, bullies, sexual predators, school violence and problems at childcare require specific strategies and knowledge. Keeping Kids Safe, by Dr. Kenneth Shore, is a one-stop child safety reference for parents of kids from toddlers to teens. Common sense advise with step-by-step recommended actions makes this book a mind-easing guide for all caregivers.
Publishers Weekly
Media stories of child abuse, teen suicide, school violence, youth gangs, cults, substance abuse and sexual predation have raised public awareness and parental concern to a fever pitch. The challenge of providing a safe living and learning environment for children is not new, but the apparent dangers for children make child-rearing seem an almost Herculean task these days. Shore, a school psychologist and family counselor, points out that "from 1979 to 1997 almost eighty thousand American youths were killed by gunfire, almost twenty-five thousand more than the number of American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War." Moreover, "each day on average twelve American children ages one to nineteen are killed by gunfire." He rattles off stats on bullies, peer pressure, suicide in short, the innumerable land mines of childhood. Fortunately, Shore goes well beyond raising red flags, providing straightforward information on assessing child care, schools and after-school options, and advice on helping children handle bullies, peer pressure and the lure of gangs and drugs. He also suggests ways of mitigating the dangers of sexual predators and gun violence, and offers practical guidance on recognizing teenage depression and preventing teen suicide. Many basic suggestions, like telling your child, when he is returning home, not to enter the house if he sees or hears anything unusual (a broken window, unfamiliar voices), seem intuitive, but might go unmentioned by parents. This thorough reference manual is composed almost entirely of lists interview questions for child-care givers and schools, facts that all children should know before they are allowed to stay home alone, danger warnings, deterrentstrategies, organizations and additional resources. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Parents worry about their kids and for good reason, according to Shore, a school psychologist and author of Special Kids Problem Solver (Prentice-Hall, 1999). "Every year some nine thousand children are injured and thirty-five are killed in school bus accidents," he writes. This is just one of many chilling statistics that he cites to reinforce the need for this compilation of information, facts, tips, and checklists for keeping children safe in and around home and school. In 11 chapters, Shore covers everything from child care and sexual predators to school violence and Internet safety. This comprehensive book adroitly funnels many topics into distinct areas, but, unfortunately, it is also dry. Gavin de Becker's Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane) (Dial, 1999) offers readers more style, while Shore's workmanlike book is akin to Audrey E. Talkington and Barbara Albers Hill's To Save a Child: Things You Can Do To Protect, Nurture, & Teach Our Children (Avery, 1993). If the index is thorough (it was not seen), it will greatly enhance this book. Appropriate for public and school libraries and collections specific to children. Douglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735202146
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Press
Publication date:
07/03/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.70(d)

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Keeping Kids Safe: Guide for Parents of Toddlers and Teens - And All the Years In-Between 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book really speaks to parents. It takes situations that we're all worried about and gives you background, context, and practical advice about ways of dealing with them. The writing is clear, with a helpful use of bullets to highlight the points of most interest. I was drawn into it by the chapter on 'Helping Your Child Handle Bullies and Peer Pressure,' but I found many of the chapters illuminating and practically useful.