Ask the Experts: Cyberbullying, Asthma and Spontaneous Combustion

March 18, 2013

Thousands of people just like you visit CultureOfSafety.com every single month. The large majority of you are looking for answers to your safety-related questions. We do our best to share as much information as we can, but we admit that it can be difficult to keep up with every possible topic.

In hopes of answering as many of your questions as possible, we're going to start posting a monthly

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3 Red Flags in Child Care Centers

February 07, 2013

West Bend works with the very best independent agents to provide comprehensive liability insurance for child care centers. Debe Marofsky from Affiliated Insurance in Plymouth, Minnesota is one such agent. Debe has been working with in-home daycares and child care centers for more than 20 years.

In that time, she's worked with hundreds of child care providers, and she prides herself on only working with centers that

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Newtown: Helping Children Understand

December 18, 2012

We all know what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14th. There's no need to repeat the horrifying details of one of the deadliest school shootings the world has ever seen.

As more and more details surrounding the massacre come in to focus, we will inevitably start a national conversation on topics ranging from gun control to mental health to school safety. These are big, complex, and divisive conversations that may divide

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More Child Injuries: Texting While Parenting to Blame?

October 01, 2012

We spend a lot of time talking about texting on this site; mainly because we talk about safety issues, and there just aren't that many things you can do safely while texting. This trend isn't likely to slow down either as we see more and more people developing nomophobia.

We've talked a bit before about the dangers of caregivers texting while watching kids, and now there's some compelling new information that's been round up by The Wall Street Journal suggesting that

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Working With Parents: When Can I Discriminate?

June 12, 2012
This guest post is based on a chapter in Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs: How to Prevent Flare-Ups from Becoming Lawsuits, a book co-authored by Tom Copeland and Holly Elissa Bruno.

Is it okay to have different rules for different parents in your child care program? It depends.

In general, you can set your own rules and run your business the way you want, without fear that you are breaking the law if you treat parents

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Detergent Pods Pose Poison Risk

May 25, 2012

I hope the alliterative title attracted your attention, because this is shaping up to be quite an issue. I first read about the dangers associated with detergent pods on the Seattle Mama Doc Blog, and now I've been seeing news stories pop up everywhere.

You've probably seen these detergent pods already. They're small plastic balls full of pre-measured detergents and fabric softeners. Similar packets are available for dishes as well. In addition to being more convenient (read: more expensive), these little packets also

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Just Like Falling Off of a Roof

May 21, 2012

Have you ever fallen off of the roof of a one-story house? Hopefully - and probably - not.

Even if you don't have first hand experience, I'm sure you can imagine what this might feel like. If you purposely jumped from a roof you might be able to avoid injury by tucking and rolling at just the right moment, but if falling caught you off guard, there is a very good chance you'd

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3 Easy Ways to Meet a Parent's Privacy Expectations

May 09, 2012
This guest post is based on a chapter in Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs: How to Prevent Flare-Ups from Becoming Lawsuits, a book co-authored by Tom Copeland and Holly Elissa Bruno.

In an age where our privacy is rapidly eroding, what do parents expect of their child care center or family child care provider about protecting their family’s privacy?

Parents expect their child care program to keep confidential everything they know about their

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Bully: A Documentary

February 24, 2012

We are eagerly awaiting Bully, a feature-length documentary from The Weinstein Company due to hit select theaters on March 30th.

Official word on the project: "BULLY tells the remarkable stories of five brave families that will challenge viewers to move from shock and resignation about bullying to action, transforming schools and communities into places where empathy and respect are valued and bullying is unacceptable. The film's powerful stories offer youth, parents, and educators

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Are you Nomophobic? Probably.

February 22, 2012

"Phone, keys, wallet."

"Phone, keys, wallet."

"Phone, keys, wallet."

I repeat those three things while tapping at my pockets all day long. I don't go anywhere without the three. Even when I'm at home I know precisely where my phone is at all times. I didn't know it until today, but there is no doubt that I am the very definition of a

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