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Articles about Safety

Father and daughter having fun

Baby-bonding: Secure attachment for dads

When the relationship between a father and baby gives a ‘secure base’ to explore the world, the child forms a secure bond. Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, originator of the SMS4dads program, explores attachment and quality bonding for fathers.

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Toddler boy in a dangerous situation at home

Child safety around the home: Checklist

The home is the most common place for young children to be injured, but many injuries are predictable and preventable. To make the home environment as safe as possible we spoke to two experts to provide their useful tips on keeping children safe.

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Brothers playing in the bathtub

Teaching children about body boundaries

When is the right time to teach children about privacy, both in terms of their own bodies and those of others? It's important to remember that curiosity about bodies is part of normal, healthy child development, but there are complexities for parents.

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Child alone in a playground

Safe Strangers: when children get lost

One of Australia’s leading organisations focused on child safety says teaching children that all strangers are dangerous can do more harm than good. It is important for children to identify "safe strangers" who could help them if they were to get lost.

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Mother and child at the beach

Are you helping raise SunSmart children?

Sun protection is an essential life skill for any child growing up in Australia. Infants and toddlers up to four years of age are particularly vulnerable to UV damage. Two in three Australians will develop some form of skin cancer over their lifetime.

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Photos, videos and keeping children safe

With parents sharing photos, videos and information about their children on social media, warnings about privacy are on the rise, but what are the ethical and legal issues parents need to understand to keep their children safe in public and online?

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Preschool bullying: How parents can help

In a Royal Children’s Hospital poll, one in five Australian parents report one or more of their children was bullied. Paediatrician Dr Anthea Rhodes, says bullying is serious and common, harming the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children.

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Young girl plays on an iPad

Keeping ‘digitods’ safe on the internet

The accessibility of the internet has created a need for cyber safety education for young children. Touch screens and internet connected devices and wearables, including children’s toys, have put the internet at the fingertips of preschoolers.

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