Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010
    September 19, 2014
    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and ti…

    How Safe is your Water
    April 23, 2014
    How Safe is your Water?

    What would you do if you woke up one morning and the water coming from your tap was poisoned? You wouldn’t be able to drink, cook or bathe in it. That was the reality for over 100,000 families in We…

    Courageous Conversations
    April 15, 2014
    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980’s, the focus was on empowering kids to say “No” should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became cle…

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
    April 14, 2014
    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is Child Abuse Prevention month, an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for a silent epidemic that harms our children: child sexual abuse. In the face of this epidemic, I believe we have to…

    Concussion Symptoms
    April 10, 2014
    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can …

    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries
    April 8, 2014
    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    The issue of head injuries among professional football players has been in the news recently, with the NFL hit by a series of lawsuits brought by players who accuse the organization of covering up the…

    picking up the phone
    December 9, 2013
    Moms, Aunts and Grandmas are Picking up the Phone

    Today thousands of people are coming together to make a call. They won’t be calling their partner, doctor or friends. They’re calling Congress. If you just rolled your eyes at the thought of calli…

    Digital Citizenship Conversation
    December 6, 2013
    Starting the Digital Citizenship Conversation

    The Oxford Dictionaries recently named “Selfie” their 2013 Word of the Year – proof that technology is shaking things up and that devices, apps, and services aren’t going anywhere fast. But ev…

    Talking to Teens about Waiting
    December 5, 2013
    Talking to Teens about Waiting

    It’s not that talk, don’t worry. I mean waiting to post or share. We talk a lot about thinking before you post – don’t say something in the heat of the moment that you may regret later – but…

    Media and Digital Literacies
    December 4, 2013
    Helping Kids Build Media and Digital Literacies

    These days, kids don’t just need to know how to read and write. Basic literacy isn’t enough in the 21st century. Today, kids also need to understand how to evaluate and dissect the different types…

    Online Identity
    December 3, 2013
    Understanding Teens, Privacy, and Online Identity

    Today’s teens are easily the most private and reputation-focused of the age groups. Try getting a sixteen year old to explain their day as more than “fine” – it’s about as challenging as con…

    Talking to Kids about the Basics
    December 2, 2013
    Online Safety, Security, and Privacy: Talking to Kids about the Basics

    Cross the road without looking and you might get hit by a car. Touch a hot stove and it might really hurt. Kids are taught the basics of common sense early. But are we teaching them to apply the same …

    Hooked On Cyber-Life
    September 20, 2013
    Hooked On Cyber-Life: When Screen Time Replaces Family Time

    Digital addiction. I always hear about how parents believe their kids or teens are addicted to the Internet and especially their cell phones. The word addiction is usually related to substance abuse, …

    Being a Social Media Role Model and Mentor
    September 19, 2013
    Being a Social Media Role Model and Mentor

    I often talk about parents and their part in leading by example, both online and off. Children are very impressionable and will often mimic their parents’ habits—good and bad. Since online behavio…

    No Rewind Button on the Internet
    September 18, 2013
    There Is No Rewind Button on the Internet: Pause to Think Before You Post

    What you share is as important as how you share it. Over sharing is an area that both kids and adults can be guilty of. It is important to understand what is appropriate and what crosses the line, dig…

    Making the World-Wide-Web Your Friend
    September 17, 2013
    Making the World-Wide-Web Your Friend

    Building a positive online reputation (digital footprint) should be a requirement of owning a computer. Every keystroke counts. It is as simple as that. There will come a time when just about everythi…

    Smile You Are On the World-Wide-Web
    September 16, 2013
    Smile, You Are On the World-Wide-Web

    Yes, within seconds your life can go viral. A simple click of a mouse or tap of a keypad and your digital world is soaring through cyberspace. The Internet is one of the greatest educational tools yet…

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    July 26, 2013
    Is Your Child Trying to Tell You Something?

    Children don’t usually tell us how they are feeling in a direct way especially about their worries. Instead, they say things out of context, give clues, and as they get older, test the waters to see…

    Father and daughter
    July 25, 2013
    Seizing Teachable Moments to Reinforce Body Safety

    Parents often ask me how to talk with children about sexual abuse prevention without scaring them. I recommend teaching kids prevention through body safety. Children provide us with teachable moments …

    That's a Funny Book
    July 24, 2013
    How Is Your Child’s School Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse?

    While summer is in full swing, children will be starting or returning to school in no time. If you have not had a chance to screen your child’s school, preschool, daycare, or activity program for ch…