Kid-Safe Winter Sports

little boy sledding down a snowy hill wearing a helmet

Winter weather means sledding, skating and maybe a snowball fight or two. Help keep your kids safe while enjoying winter sports with a few tips from SafeKids.

Stay Warm
A bright, cold winter day calls for outside play. Make sunscreen your children's first layer, and then dress them in layers of warm clothing. SafeKids reminds parents to bring the kids inside periodically to warm up, replace wet clothing and prevent hypothermia or frostbite.


Attention Holiday Shoppers: Toy Safety Tips

The holiday season is ramping up! Are you feeling rushed yet?

When shopping for gifts for the little ones in our lives, no matter how busy we are, it’s important to take the time to keep safety information in mind. 

“Toys and games are fun for kids of all ages, but you want to make sure everyone stays safe while having a blast,” said Jill Lucas, a Carilion Clinic community health educator and coordinator for Safe Kids Southwest Virginia.


The Truth About Stranger Danger

a young boy sitting alone on a playground

Many families look forward to Halloween’s pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and spooky costumes.

While the holiday is full of festive fun, parents can make sure their children maximize their Halloween experience by helping them to stay safe no matter what the night brings.

On Carilion Clinic Living, we have talked about the importance of visibility and car safety. One other topic important not to overlook, however, is stranger safety.


Tips for Raising Happy, Successful Kids

a young African American family snuggling and smiling on a couch

You want your child to be happy, healthy and ready for success in life. But are you doing the right things?

Our Carilion Children’s experts offer this advice:

“Communication is extremely important for maintaining the physical and emotional well-being of your child,” said Lori Dudley, Ph.D., a Carilion Children's licensed clinical psychologist.


Safety Tips for Home-Alone Teens

Teenage girl at home alone after school.

You’ve decided your teen is mature enough to stay home alone after school. But you still worry about what could go wrong.

It’s widely accepted that teens 13 and up are able to stay home alone after school.

“Being trusted to stay home alone can be a positive experience for a child who is mature and well prepared,” according to the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.



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