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Family Safety 101: Are Your Kids Safe From These 4 Threats?

Kids face a lot of different types of dangers today that didn’t seem to be as much of a problem in the past. This may leave you feeling powerless for what steps to take to protect your children. Here are some of the threats that may be endangering your kids.

Electronics Overload

In this digital age, there are numerous threats that kids are facing. Cyberbullying is one of the most prevalent and discussed. Internet stalking and other types of online threats may keep you up at night. The best way to handle this overload is to put limits on how much time your children spend with their electronics. Keep track of who they’re talking to, and what they’re doing online. This may seem like an invasion of privacy for older children. Explain to them that you’re just trying to protect them until they’re responsible enough to make their own decisions.

Yard Dangers

One threat that hasn’t changed over the years is kids falling down. This may be because they were climbing or swinging on a dead tree branch in the yard. Keeping these dead limbs pruned and maintained can prevent your children from getting injured. Hire a tree service to help you mitigate this threat. Another way to keep your kids safe in the yard is to install a fence. This can prevent them from leaving the yard or a stranger entering your yard.

Hormones in Food

Processed food and added hormones are becoming the norm for many of the types of foods that kids eat. In order to ensure that your kids are maintaining a healthy diet, provide fresh fruits and vegetables. You can purchase milk and meat that are free of added hormones. Another thing to avoid is the temptation to purchase boxed foods. Many of these types of foods contain a large amount of sodium. This can be contributing to the increase in high blood pressure in adults and kids.

Childhood Obesity

In the age of convenience, many families are skipping out on healthy meals and snacks. This has contributed to the rise in childhood obesity. More children are being diagnosed with diabetes and blood pressure issues at a younger age. This may be a two part problem. Meaning that unhealthy food choices paired with less physical activity are to blame. Protect your kids by providing healthy meals, and encourage them to get off the couch.

There will always be threats to kids no matter how safe you try to make them. Be aware of what is happening in the world in order to protect your children.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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