Child and Adolescent Safety

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When it comes to keeping kids safe, today's ever-changing, fast-paced world presents many challenges for parents, guardians and other adults who care for children. The unavoidable fact is that children and teens today face a world that's very different from the one in which their parents grew up. Here's some important information about child safety—in the home, outside of the home, at school, and at play.

Infant Safety
Because infants cannot care for themselves, adults must be vigilant about protecting them from harm. Sometimes even the simplest object can present a threat. Fortunately, there are many steps that adults can take to ensure a healthy and safe environment for a baby.

Toddler Safety
Toddlers are curious and eager to learn and explore. Unlike infants, most toddlers are able to walk, climb, open cabinets, remove caps, and maneuver themselves in ways adults cannot even imagine. Appropriate safety precautions are critical and adults must be vigilant to watch a toddler's behavior and note any new abilities that increase the risk for danger.

School-age Safety
Supervision—at home, at school and at play—is generally the most effective safety precaution with children between the ages of 4 and 12.

Teen Safety
Most parents and caregivers will have had many talks with their child about basic safety issues by the time the child becomes a teenager. However, talking with adolescents about safety can present new challenges for parents and teens.

General Safety Concerns
Here are some general tips about staying safe—in extreme weather conditions, for example.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 04 Feb 2013

Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014