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30,050 cases of child abuse were investigated and proved in the state of

Illinois in 2013 8,483 of these cases were in Cook County alone

 

 
 
 
  
 

Bike

 

 

 

A properly fitted helmet is the most effective way to prevent a head injury. There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun, freedom and exercise, and it's good for the environment. We want kids and families to ride their bikes as much as possible. Here are a few tips so that you'll be safe while you do so.

 

The Hard Facts

Properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent – yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.

 

Top Tips

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death.
  2. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.  
  3. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.    
  4. Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen.
  5. Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own. 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

 

The Beatitudes

 

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall possess the earth.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men reproach you,
and persecute you,
and speaking falsely, say all manner of evil against you, for My sake. 

 

 

 

  
 

                                              

Safety Tips

 

 

 

Find safety tips to keep your child safe, no matter where they are

Kids are going to fall, crash, slip and tumble. It’s all part of being a kid, and we wouldn't want it any other way. But there are little things we can all do to ensure that kids avoid the more serious injuries that can lead to disabilities and even death.

 

And we’re here to make it easy for you. 

 

Think of us as your go-to source for safety information nd safety tips. On this site, you will find tips from top safety experts on everything you need to keep kids of any age safe from preventable injuries. 

 

We’ve organized all our information in a variety of ways, from age of your child to risk area to space and place an injury might occur. To find exactly what you need just use the menus on the left. And don’t forget to share this information with a friend. Because when it comes to keeping kids happy, active and safe, we’re all in this together.

 

 

 

                   

 

 

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School

 

Bus

 

 

Safety

 

 

Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.Taking the bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Help your kids get a gold star by following these school bus safety tips.

The Hard Facts

School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.

Top Tips for

School Bus

Safety

  1. Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  2. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus.
  3. If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it's safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  4. Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
  5. Drivers should always follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.  
  6. Slow down and stop if you're driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.

Learn More

Want more tips about how to keep your kids safe on or around school buses? Read more from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

     Sports

  Encourage children to drink water before, during and after athletic activities or play.Participation in sports offers tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children. We know that one of the worst things for kids is being on the sidelines with an injury. As parents and coaches, there are simple things we can do to help reduce preventable injuries – so our kids can continue playing the games they love.

 The Hard Facts

In 2013, more than 1.24 million children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to 14 commonly played sports.

 Top Tips

  1. Before playing organized sports, make sure your child receives a pre-participation physical exam, or PPE, performed by a doctor, or a nurse practitioner or qualified clinician under the supervision of a physician. Whomever performs the exam, the same practices should be followed including the need for a medical history.
  2. Bring a water bottle to practice and games. Encourage children to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after play. 
  3. Stretching before practice and games can release muscle tension and help prevent sports-related injuries, such as muscle tears or sprains. Make sure there is time set aside before every practice and game for athletes to warm up properly.
  4. Take time off from one sport to prevent overuse injuries. It is an opportunity to get stronger and develop skills learned in another sport.
  5. It's also a good idea for coaches to get certified in first aid and CPR, learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion and help avoid overuse injury by resting players during practices and games.

Learn More

There are plenty of things to learn about youth sports safety. Here's some more information to ensure that your young athletes stay active, healthy and injury free.

 

 

 

 

  
 
 
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