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Why Your Child May Not Be Safe During A Disaster: A New Report

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Some 68 million children are separated from their parents every workday. Should a tornado or hurricane strike, or violence rear its head, there’s a chance a whole lot of kids in child care and schools won’t be safe. That’s because a whopping 28 states and the District of Columbia fail to meet basic emergency planning standards for child care centers and schools, according to Save The Children’s 2013 National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters.

Released today, the report found that 17 states don’t require child care providers to have an evacuation plan; 16 states don’t require child care providers to have a family reunification plan; 24 don’t require child care providers to have a plan for children with disabilities or with access and functional needs (as in, babies); and 6 states plus the District of Columbia don’t require schools to have a disaster plan that addresses multiple type of hazards.

September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s an especially good time to get a handle on this (also: we’re smack in the middle of Atlantic hurricane season). You can see how your state rates on safety measures on an interactive map at the new site Get Ready. Get Safe.. You’ll also find disaster preparation checklists for your family, school and child care provider—plus you can send a letter to your governor urging better protection for our children.

Since Save the Children started its disaster report card in 2008, the number of states meeting the minimum standards to protect children has increased from four to 22. Clearly, there’s a ways to go—and we can make a difference. Oh, and if you need proof about the importance of preparation, here’s a video about a child care center that was hit by the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma in May, and saved the children.

Image of child’s bike covered by sand via Shutterstock

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The merry-go-round incident: Letting our kids flex their independence

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A Video That Educates Kids About Sexual Abuse: Watch It Here

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The stats are shocking and sad: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by their 18th birthday, according to data compiled on adult men and women by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We live in a time when parents are fully aware of the need to speak to their children about sexual abuse, and where there is excellent information on how to do so (like this Parents Magazine article, Protect Your Child from a Predator). Sometimes, a book is a helpful way to open a discussion—why I recently read Jill Starishevsky’s book My Body Belongs To Me with my daughter. The author is an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, where she’s prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders.

In these YouTube-centric times, video can be a great way to engage a kid on a subject. So I was glad to find out yesterday that Starishevsky’s created a four-minute animated film, based on the book, to educate kids and empower them to speak up should anything happen. It was created to be accessible and appropriate for children as young as 3-years-old, and meant for parents and educators to watch with kids and open a dialogue on the topic. I think it’s excellent, and my daughter and I will be watching it together this weekend.

From my other blog:

Happiness is not a purple light-up toothbrush

A great new way to describe kids with special needs

How to ace an IEP: Tips from a parent pro

Image/still from My Body Belongs To Me video

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