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Instead of Tickets, Cops Give Dad a Much-Needed Gift

Texas police pool funds, pitch in for 3 new car seats for down-on-his-luck dad

(Newser) - When police officer Justin Gower pulled a truck over Saturday in Cedar Park, Texas, for a faulty light, he wasn't prepared for what he found: three girls, ages 1, 3, and 4, in the back, none in car seats, KVUE reports. "I was upset because it's extremely... More »

School District Getting Rid of 'Dangerous' Swings

'It's a matter of liability,' Washington district says

(Newser) - Swingsets are becoming a thing of the past at school playgrounds in a Washington state school district because insurance companies have decided they're too hazardous. "It's just really a safety issue; swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the equipment on a playground,... More »

Toddler's Death May Spur Desk-Toy Magnet Ban

19-month-old swallowed 'Buckyball'-type magnets

(Newser) - The small rare-earth magnets best known as "Buckyballs" are too dangerous to young children to remain on the market, staff at the Consumer Product Safety Commission have decided. Regulators—who vote on a recommendation to ban the desk-toy magnets later this month unless they're large enough to not... More »

Think You'd Never Forget About Kid in Car? Try Again

Parent blogger fesses up to close call after latest case, a death in Atlanta

(Newser) - A dad in Atlanta is facing murder charges after apparently forgetting about his child being inside a hot car, and Aaron Gouveia at Time knows exactly what you're thinking: "Oh my God, what a horrible parent. I would never let that that happen." Except Gouveia knows just... More »

'Swearing Toddler' Can Stay With Mom: Judge

ACLU cites racism in police handling of case

(Newser) - A toddler who attracted national attention for his swearing in an online video will stay with his mom—at 17, also a minor—after both were placed in custody. The two will be cared for in the same foster home, CNN reports, following an Omaha juvenile court judge’s ruling.... More »

16-Year-Old Mom of 'Swearing Toddler': I'm a Good Mother

Boy was removed from home over concerns about weapons

(Newser) - It's a video that has drawn national attention—a Nebraska toddler being encouraged to swear and say racial slurs by the adults filming him. Though police in Omaha said nothing in the video was illegal, Child Protective Services took the young boy in the video along with three other... More »

Buckyballs Battles 'Government Gone Absurd'

Maker bucking calls to stop selling magnetic desk toy

(Newser) - The interests of business and of government regulators have met head-on in a battle over the Buckyballs magnetic desk toy. The rare-earth magnets are powerful enough to cause horrific injuries when swallowed by children, and while 11 other makers of similar products have complied with a Consumer Product Safety Commission... More »

Kids Think Tide Detergent Packs Are Candy

250 cases this year as company plans design change

(Newser) - Procter & Gamble plans to change the design of packaging for its miniature laundry detergent product to deter children from eating the brightly colored packets that look like candy, the company says. A rep says the company plans to create a new double-latch lid on tubs of Tide Pods "... More »

Accident Leads to Homicide Case for Pool Company Exec

He is charged with manslaughter after boy dies

(Newser) - The president of a swimming pool company has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after a 6-year-old boy drowned in one of his pools that lacked a safety feature, reports the Wall Street Journal . The unusual case sets a precedent that could result in two trends: More prosecutions like this... More »

Hey, Kids: You're Stuck in Back Seat Til Age 13

Academy of pediatrics ups age guidelines for car seats

(Newser) - Cue the choruses of, "Oh mom, do I have to?": The American Academy of Pediatrics has cracked down its carseat guidelines, reports the Washington Post , and they're likely to cause plenty of bickering. Among them:
  • All children should sit in the back seat until they are 13 years old
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Tot's Parents Distracted by Photos During Deadly Fall

'Somehow child went over the edge,' says official

(Newser) - The parents of a toddler who fell to his death from a luxury suite at a Los Angeles Lakers game were taking or looking at digital photos when "somehow the child went over the edge of the section," said a police spokesman . Lucas Anthony Tang, 2, plunged some... More »

Let's Give Halloween Back to Kids

Stranger danger is just overhyped nonsense

(Newser) - Halloween used to be a very cool night for kids, writes Lenore Skenazy. Now it's "the day when America market-tests parental paranoia." Poisoned candy, stranger danger, suffocating costumes? All nonsense propagated by marketers who discovered "that parents are willing to be warned about anything, no matter how... More »

10 Safest US Cities for Families With Children

Head to Beantown, Portland, San Francisco...

(Newser) - For those looking to raise their kids in the safest possible urban environment, the Sun Belt may not be the place. Underwriters Labs has published a list of the 10 safest cities in the US for parents with children, and it's an eclectic one that includes both New York City... More »

Go Ahead, Teach Your Toddler to Swim: Experts

Comfort in water may help prevent drowning

(Newser) - Just in time for Memorial Day, experts are relaxing their recommendation that children under 4 not be given swimming lessons. New evidence suggests lessons could help save little kids from drowning, the No. 2 cause of death for people aged 1 to 19, reports HealthDay News . "Children need to... More »

Facebook Nixes 'Panic Button' to Protect Kids

Brits press site to add anti-pedophile 'button' on pages

(Newser) - Facebook has rejected British calls to install a "panic button" on its pages for young people who suspect they are being targeted by pedophiles. Authorities urged the site to add the bright red button found on other social networking sites after a teen girl was raped and murdered by... More »

Baby Slings Can Kill, Feds Warn

Infants can smother if they slip into wrong position

(Newser) - Baby slings can suffocate infants, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning. The agency is preparing to issue a warning on the popular infant carriers, AP reports. "We know of too many deaths in these slings and we now know the hazard scenarios for very small babies," agency... More »

Wandering Kids' Parents Get High-Tech Help

GPS, alarms, other safety measures can't top common sense

(Newser) - Some 90% of families lose their kids briefly in public places, and more and more are turning to new methods of preventing major mishaps, the Baltimore Sun reports. Some parents track kids with GPS; others use watches that give off loud alarms. Lower-tech temporary tattoos that show parents’ phone numbers... More »

Calm Down, Your Kids Are Perfectly Safe

Writer/mom says parents worry, hover way too much

(Newser) - With a constant barrage of news stories and TV shows highlighting child abductions and murders, it may seem like a supremely dangerous time to be a kid. But don't believe the media, says Lenore Skenazy, the author of Free-Range Kids. In an interview with Salon, she explains why children today... More »

Boy Dies 9 Years After Disneyland Ride Tragedy

Accident triggered investigation and new safety features

(Newser) - A boy seriously injured in a Disneyland ride has died 9 years after the accident, reports the Los Angeles Times. Brandon Zucker suffered severe brain damage and never recovered after he was crushed in a Roger Rabbit ride as a 4-year-old. A state agency determined operators failed to fasten a... More »

Philly Lets Students Leave Perilous Schools

Officials say reports of violence are rising, not the incidence of crime.

(Newser) - Twenty schools in Philadelphia are so “persistently dangerous” that the state is giving students the right to go elsewhere, reports the Inquirer. This figure is nearly double last year’s and includes a bump from one middle school to six, according to a list released yesterday by the Pennsylvania... More »

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