Do parents worry about the right things?

A recent article in the New York Times reported on a survey about the top five things parents worry about:

* Kidnapping
* School snipers
* Terrorists
* Dangerous strangers
* Drugs

According to the Centers for Disease Control the five most common causes of injury for kids under the age of 19 are:

* Car accidents
* Homicide
* Child abuse
* Suicide
* Drowning

It is fascinating to me that there is nearly no overlap between the two lists. Media is likely partly responsible for altering parent's perception of threats to children's safety. Child abuse is most often perpetrated by someone known to the child, not strangers. Same is true for most child victims of homicide. Injury is the most common cause of death in children. Allocating resources to the most common causes will have the best chances of reducing risk to children.

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Accident videos from England

While modern medicine continues to make great strides in areas of infectious diseases, accidents remain a serious cause of injuries for children and teenagers. Here are some videos that highlight some safety issues in many vivid ways.

As the weather gets warmer there will be more and more kids on the open roads. Remember to keep an eye out for cyclists of all ages out there. We encourage helmets for everybody and universal seatbelt use in cars. No kids should be riding in an open bed of a truck.