Pro Consumer Safety recognizes International Youth Day, by providing educational materials to empower adults to "think globally, but act locally" for the sake of children. Adults must model positive, healthy behaviors to the children in their life and among those in their community.   
International Youth Day: In 1998 the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the 12th of August to be declared as International Youth Day. This years theme, "Youth and Mental Health" helps to raise awareness and overcome stigma and discrimination. While this is highly needed, lets also keep in mind that brain and behavior research has shown that a child or teen exposed to abuse and violence can also be a contributing factor to developing a mental health disorder later in their late teen and early adult years. However when adults seek mental health services them selves and model healthy behavior can significantly reduce this risk.

Child's Environment & Brain Development: A child's brain will adapt to the environment it is exposed to, in order to survive.  As a result, children are often a product of their environment including those around them, from whom they learn from. From biological parents to non-traditional parents (current and past boyfriends, girlfriends, grandparents, and other caregivers who have been involved in the child's life) all have the responsibility of letting of of their own "adult" issues and be there for the best interest of the child or teen. And this is especially important for younger teens. Younger teens need the stability of adult caregivers. For those adults who have been involved in their upbringing, from biological to non-traditional caregivers need to remain consistent. The modeling of adults will help the teen to also learn about communication and relationships. Data has shown that more and more children and teens are being raised in non-traditional homes by a single parent along with one or more non-biological caregivers who have been involved in the child's life. These adults all need to understand how their relationship plays a role in the child's development. It's not about the adult. It's about the child.
 
Children need to feel:
  • Safe and secure (not scared or confused)
  • Needed (being included, feeling important, feeling helpful)
  • Acknowledged (ability express their own needs and feelings, and having them respected, have their personal boundaries honored, honoring their passion for activities)

Think Global but Act Local  

For our children’s sake, think globally, but act locally by modeling positive, healthy behaviors to the children in your life and among those in your community! 

The following describes the educational materials that are downloadable below:
  • Healthy Parenting Tips: Exposing children to various learning activities, allowing them to explore their own interests and passions (not yours), will help to promote brain development and learning.
  • Parental Relationships: Parental relationships are one of the leading causes of relationship dysfunction and exposure to abuse, that has a negative impact on their development, learning, self esteem, etc.
  • Child Abuse & Neglect: These items provide resources, traumatic effects and exposure to child abuse and neglect.

HEALTHY PARENTING TIPS                                                                                                                                          
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A Parent's Pyramid
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Importance of Play
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Guidelines for Parents: Electronic Devices
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Children's Book List for Parents
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Promoting Teen's Passion for Activities-Improving Brain Development
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Anyone can be a Biological Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy
PARENTAL RELATIONSHIPS                                                                                                                                        
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How does your relationship rate?
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Relationship Abuse & Children
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Signs of Relationship Abuse
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Stalking
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How relationship abuse affects children
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How relationship abuse affects child development
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Parent dysfunction & children feel
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How children learn relationship dysfunction is normal
CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT                                                                                                                                            
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Emotional abuse is child abuse
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Emotional abuse is child abuse
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Emotional abuse is child abuse
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Myths & facts of child abuse
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Yelling at a child is verbal abuse
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Don't blame the teens years, it's from abuse
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Guidelines for parents: developmental sexual behaviors in children

Questions or information on how you can learn more about how parents can decrease risky behaviors among their children during their adolescence years, please contact Dr. Safety at DrSafety@proconsumersafety.com
 
 
Another tragic, preventable death of a teen that was backed over while sunbathing in her driveway.

Every week 6 children in the United States are injured from being backed over by a vehicle in a driveway or parking lot.  This is equivalent to one average sized classroom of children every week that are injured from being backed over by a vehicle ranging from toddler-ages to teens.
While 50% of these injuries happen in driveways from vehicles backing-up, children are also injured on sidewalks and in parking lots. Drivers are not aware of the child and often the child is unaware the driver was moving the vehicle.  While most newer vehicles have back up cameras and sensors, while these are helpful, drivers need to take more caution of children around their vehicles and parents be more aware and educate older children and teens. 

TODDLER AGES: For parents and caregivers of toddler aged children, practice "safe" play areas such as lawns, porches or patio (being cautious of multilevel fall risk of course). 

OLDER CHILDREN & TEENS: For parents and caregivers of older children and teens remember that these children often become more focused on their own activity, not their surroundings. Their brains are also not yet developed to understand risk. Nor do they have the experience to understand the dynamics of driving a vehicle (i.e. difficult to see while backing, difficult to see in blind areas, unable to stop quickly, etc.). 

It is for these reasons that Dr. Safety urges drivers to practice the "Tips For Drivers" below and parents and caregivers model in their own behavior and teach their children the "Tips for Older Children and Teens. Remember practice safe behaviors and Watch Before You Back!

Tips For Drivers

DRIVEWAYS
  • Walk around the   back of  your parked vehicle to check for children-or anything that can attract a child like pets or toys -under or behind your vehicle before getting in and starting the engine.
  • When backing, remember your car crosses a sidewalk where children could cross on a bicycle, walking, or running. A simple honking of your horn will alert others you are backing out.

PARKING LOTS
  • After exiting a vehicle, always hold your  child’s hand. If you have other children, have each hold another’s hand.
  • When walking with your children teach children how to recognize when a driver puts a car in reverse (white back-up lights turn on).
  • When going back to your vehicle, look around for children who might be around when backing up.
Tips for Older Children & Teens

SIDEWALKS (walking, running, or riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, blades)
  • Be aware of  “blind” driveways and alleys where delivery trucks and cars may be backing up.
  • If you see the white “back-up” lights turn on, on a vehicle, you must STOP!  
  • These light turn on  when a driver makes the car go backward to let people know they are backing-up. Let the car back away, then continue walking.     

PARKING LOTS
  • Be aware of vehicles that back-up by looking for their “white” back-up lights. If you see them turn on, you STOP, back away & let the vehicle backup.
  • Always walk, never run.

DO NOT PLAY OR RELAX ON DRIVEWAYS


Educational Material (click above to download)
Awareness Flyer (click above to download)

CONTACT DR. SAFETY: DrSafety@proconsumersafety.com

For injury prevention information or media advisory contact Pro Consumer Safety
323-491-6197


 
 
A recent home fire in Los Angeles, took the life of an elderly man and injured a Los Angeles Fire Department  (LAFD) Firefighter.

Every 30-minutes in the U.S., someone dies from a home fire. Two thirds of deaths happen in homes with either no smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms. Most victims of home fires die from smoke or toxic gases (Hall 2001). While smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths, cooking is the primary cause of residential fires (Ahrens 2011).  Having smoke detectors, home fire sprinklers, along with carbon monoxide detectors will help to keep your family safe. Further information is below along with an option to purchase these as well as other fire safety items at the store below. Smoke alarms, home fire sprinklers, and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors protect lives. In California (and some other states) home fire sprinklers are also required by law in apartment building and newly contsructed homes. More at . . .