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photo of ME's seat belt safety guest, Shannon Ryder

As a firefighter and first responder to traffic accidents, Shannon Ryder saw firsthand the tragedies that can result when drivers and passengers don’t follow best practices in traffic safety.   Now, as coordinator of child passenger safety for DPS-OTS, Shannon devotes her career to helping parents understand and apply strategies to protect children at every…

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photo of ME's Abbey's Hope guest, Katey Taylor

Katey & Scott Taylor faced a devastating loss when their daughter Abbey suffered horrific injuries due to a faulty drain in a public wading pool and subsequently died. With strength and resilience, they and their family have worked to make sure no other child experiences what Abbey did.   Aptly named “Abbey’s Hope,” their foundation…

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photo of ME's physical activity for children guest, Katherine Ites

For too many of our children, today’s sedentary lifestyle poses a serious threat to their longterm health and well-being. At the same time, many of our more active children are drawn into highly competitive sports at early ages, with risk of injury if they don’t receive appropriate guidance about how much physical activity is too…

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photo of ME's parenting a teenager guest, Joani Geltman

The explosion of new technologies over the last 20 years has opened a whole new world to children and teens, posing both opportunities and challenges for kids and parents alike. The adolescent years probably always have presented issues that make parents uncomfortable. But technology has raised the stakes with threats like online bullying, sexting and…

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photo of ME's Office of Traffic Safety safe in cars guest, Heather Darby

As parents, we all worry about threats to our children’s health and safety. And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading threat to the lives of children under the age of 14 is the ordinary experience of riding in a car. So, what can we do to keep our children…

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