Is Sexual Abuse Occurring at Schools in Your Town?

Young girl looking helpless and sadMuch has been written about the epidemic of student-on-student sexual abuse on college campuses in America. It’s a problem in Connecticut as well.

Did you know it also threatens thousands of children in elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S.?

The Associated Press (AP) just completed a lengthy investigation into the problem and their findings are disturbing.

They found approximately 17,000 official reports of sexual abuse over a four year period and believe that number is just the tip of the iceberg. They discovered that sexual abuse occurs anywhere students are left unsupervised including bathrooms, hallways, locker rooms and school buses – with victims and offenders as young as five or six.

Are there warning signs schools and parents can use to identify possible problems?

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Teens Add New Dangerous Behavior While Driving…

Teens add another dangerous activity to distracted driving

Research data has consistently shown that teenagers continue to text and drive to an alarming degree.

It is also well known that texting while driving is leading to the first annual increase in car accident fatalities in the U.S. and Connecticut in 50 years.

Now add something more…

A new study conducted by a group called Students Against Distracted Driving has just been released. It shows that two thirds of all teens admit to using apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to look at and post new messages – while driving.

Astonishingly, when teens were asked to rate the various driving behaviors by how dangerous they are, by a wide margin teens in the study stated that posting or commenting on social media apps was less dangerous than texting while driving.

Less dangerous?

It’s an established fact that teenage brains evaluate risk differently than adult brains. It’s also a fact that teenage drivers are the most at risk demographic group for fatal car accidents.

So what can parents do to help their teens remain safe?

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As Dangerous as Driving Drunk…

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Photo credit: Runs With Scissors via Interior Design / CC BY-NC-ND

 

Have you ever nodded off while driving?

If you answer yes – you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1-in-25 people nod off behind the wheel every 30 days.

That’s as many as 8.4 million drivers a year that fall asleep while driving.

8.4 million people. And that’s just the number of people willing to admit they have nodded off.

What’s more the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving is responsible for 83,000 car accidents, over 35,000 of which result in serious injuries and almost 1,000 in deaths…

What’s going on?

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Is Danger Lurking at Your Child’s Next Birthday Party?

Birthday parties are supposed to be fun… right?

Most of the time they are.   But mix in a bounce house, castle, moonwalk or other inflatable bouncer and injuries become a real concern.

Did you know that a child in America is injured in a bounce house every 46 minutes?  Falls account for 43 percent of injuries, followed by stunts and child collisions.  More than half of the injuries are fractures, sprains and strains, followed by serious injuries to the head (concussions and brain injuries), neck and face.  Studies show that boys (average age 7 1/2) are somewhat more prone to these injuries than girls.

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