Other Safety Issues

Now that your big kid is older, you can't keep an eye on him all the time. But you can take some simple precautions to ensure he stays safe even when you're not around. Here's what you need to know about other safety issues.

Warning: Essential Oils Are Poisoning More and More Kids

Don't assume just because essential oils are naturally derived they can't cause your child serious harm.

8 Life-Saving Water Safety Rules Every Parent Needs to Know

More than 600 children drown every year. But you can help bring down this tragic number. We'll show you how to make nearly every body of water--from your bathtub to the beach--a whole lot safer for your family and friends.

Choosing the Best Life Jackets for Kids

Keep your kids safe and secure in all types of water situations, such as boating and swimming, with our tips for choosing U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Protect Your Child from a Predator

One year ago this month, the scandal at Penn State reminded us of the realities of sexual abuse. Sadly, the majority of children who've been victimized never tell on their own, so it's up to us to spot the warning signs.

How to Talk to Kids About Sex

Can't talk about the birds and the bees? Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," gives you the matter-of-fact ways to talk about sex.

How to Talk to Kids About Sexual Abuse

It's important to explain the signs of sex abuse. Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," recommends ways you can help your child to protect her body.

A Pediatrician's Role in the Gun Debate

Laws in the works may prevent pediatricians from asking parents whether they have a gun in their home -- and, in effect, to discuss gun safety. Doctors and parents weigh in on this thorny issue.

How to Protect Your Child's Identity

Kids are especially vulnerable to credit-card fraud because thieves "borrow" their Social Security number for years without anyone finding out. Don't let it happen to your child.

Talking to Kids About Tragic News Stories

When something big happens in the world, use this no-scare guide to explaining current events.

Poison in the Air: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Few parents realize that carbon monoxide -- an invisible, odorless gas -- can be a serious hazard even if you're outdoors.

How Can We Feel Safe After Yet Another Mass Shooting?

One mom pleads for change in the wake of the terrifying events in San Bernardino, California.

Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse

The following are a few of the physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and neglect.

Guns in the Home: Playdates and Safety

Vice President Joe Biden addresses Parents readers' questions about keeping guns at home away from children, and how to discuss guns before a child goes on a playdate.

Explaining Catastrophic Events

Explaining a national disaster like the attacks on the U.S. can be difficult for parents. We spoke to an expert who describes the best approach.

First Aid & Emergency Know-How: Helping Kids Cope With Violence

A child expert shares how children can persevere despite great odds.

Getting Your Kids to Use Booster Seats

Simple ways to get them onboard

Explaining the Threat of Bioterrorism

How to handle your concerned kid's questions.