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Dear Readers...

My kids have had their fair share of accidents, always when I have least expected them. Emily managed to fall over herself (yes herself!) when we inspected an empty unit - resulting in us being rushed to hospital by ambulance, the unit looking like a scene from Law and Order and the real estate agent’s cream silk blouse covered in blood. And yes she did call the next day to see if we were interested in buying the unit!! I, like all parents I suspect, have an inbuilt radar for danger. “Don’t touch that, don’t do this, don’t pat that dog you don’t know” I go on and on and yet accidents still happen.

We can only do our best to protect our children, I am of a view that children need to have the occasional mishap to discover safe limits and develop confidence.

Jane King
Mother to Emily 8, Cristian 14
Founder of Parenting Australia

Forum discussion topic

If your child/children were born between the mid 1990s to 2009 you are raising a Gen Z  baby, the first generation of this century. They are also sometimes called digital natives, dot com kids, generation media or generation 9/11. One of the charactistics of Gen Z children is that they, more than any other generation, want to feel safe. We have raised them with an acute knowledge of keeping themselves safe, but how does this translate? Are we being overly cautious creating a ‘fear’ based generation? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this in our latest forum - Are we mollycoddling our kids?


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Child restraint information

RACV this week launched the 2009 Safer Child Restraints Guide to provide parents with the most up-to-date advice on choosing the best car restraints for their children. Click here for the full news story.
  • Choose correctly
  • Fit correctly
  • Use correctly
  • Check correctly

Choose the right car restraint for your child, click here to find out how.

Safety notice

Each week in NSW as a result of unintentional injury:

  • Approximately 1,300 children will be treated in a hospital emergency department.
  • Many more children will be treated by General Practitioners.
  • On average 350 children will be hospitalised, and
  • between 1 and 2 children will unfortunately die.

60% of these preventable accidents happen at home.

Parental supervision is the key to child safety. Kids Safe has recently launched a home safety check list to assist parents to identify potential hazards and develop awareness - please take a moment and click here to download it and go through it with your partner.

Parenting Australia Competition

Parenting Australia is giving our subscribers the chance to win a Dream Baby 35 piece safety kit ideal for renters or anyone with designer furniture who want to keep their little ones out of harms way. To enter simply follow this link and submit your details!

The 10 most common causes of injuries to Australian children

As a car passenger - Click here to down loads songs to encourage kids to buckle up
As pedestrians - Click here and download the ‘When we're walking’ pedestrian safety song.
Drowning - Click here to read our pool safety tips.
House fires - Read about fire safety for your kids here.
Falls - Falls are still the highest cause of injury for children under five years of age. Safety gates are an essential preventative choice for families and can be utilised in areas such as stairs, hallways and entrances

Nursery furniture - Nursery furniture is a common cause of injury in children under 2, especially from falls. For more information visit Standards Australia.

Scalds - The Burns Unit, Kids Health and Kidsafe NSW have been working together to produce an interactive burns prevention program, designed for use with school aged students and their parents. The game allows entry to a virtual home where individual rooms may be navigated to search for the potential burn dangers in everyday life. Click here to play or click here for a scalds fact sheet.

Poisoning - Click here for a poisons fact sheet.

Bicycles - A young child's skull is soft and easily injured by a fall. It is an adults responsibility to ensure they wear an Australian Standards approved helmet whenever they ride their bike.

In-line Skates and Skateboards - Helmets, arm and knee guards are necessities - buy the whole present, not just the skates! Ensure learners are not at risk by showing them safe places to practice and helping them learn to start and stop safely. Set rules for where they skate. Ensure children are dressed appropriately - for example, sensible foot wear when skateboarding.


As the weather begins to cool down a nice warm bath is on all our minds. Learn how to provide a safe and secure environment while your child bathes - click here for 'Water and Bath Safety - A Royal Life Saving alert'.

Never leave a small child unattended in or near water.

Making road safety fun!

These little games will soon have your children understanding what to do when they approach a road -
- Ask your kids what the signs mean as you drive/walk past.
- Teach them to use all their senses when crossing the road - TOUCH - Hold an adults hand - SEE - Look both ways down the road - HEAR - Can he/she hear any traffic coming?
- Print out pictures of road safety signs and symbols, cut them out and use them to play easy card games such as snap or memory. Call out the name and meaning of the sign/symbol when that card is revealed. Include symbols such as:- Ear - Listening for traffic, Hands - holding hands while crossing.
Remember - the best way to teach your kids is to lead by example. Always use pedestrian crossings and traffic lights, and emphasize WAIT - WATCH - WALK when approaching any street.

Click here for more Road Safety Tips

Home safety tips

Smoke detectors -  by law these should be installed. For more details, click here.

Use locks on cupboards that have sharp utensils or poisons.

Remove electrical cords from little ones reach so they do not pull, trip or choking hazard.

Water Safety - never leave children by themselves around water such as pools, buckets, kiddie pools, baths, beach, dam, rivers etc.

Heater and fire screens fixed to a walls.

Purchase and use PowerPoint covers.

Safety gates for stairs and balconies.

Purchase and use tap covers.

Have a First Aid Kit in your home and Car. Puchase one online here or here.

Don’t leave soaking nappies or clothing down low – this is a drowning hazard.

Fire Extinguisher and/or Fire Blanket for your kitchen.

Make sure your kids know how to swim. Year round classes - Click here.

Display a CPR Poster.

Sleep your baby on their side or back.

Turn saucepan handles away from edge of stove while cooking. Do a first-aid course.

Share your own safety tips with our Parenting Australia family - click here and add to our discussion.

Do you live on or visit a farm? Click here to update your knowledge of farm safety and kids.

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The content of this article is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.