Keeping Children Safe
Parents are their children’s first teachers, and are one of the most important influences on children’s physical, social, and emotional development. There are resources available to support you and your children’s health and safety.
It takes all of us working together to give children healthy, happy, and safe childhoods. These resources provide helpful information to keep children safe.
- New York Loves Safe Babies Publication Request (En Español)
York Loves Safe Babies Video (En Español) (30 min.)
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- Safe Sleep For Your Baby Video (7:04)
- Safe Babies New York: A Guide for Parents To Cope with a Crying Baby and Tips for Creating Safe Sleep Environments
- Helpful Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)
- Helpful Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Helpful Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Helpful Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe: Safe to Sleep
- Helpful Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe: Safe at Play
- Helpful Tips to Keep Your Child Safe: In or Around Vehicles
- What does a safe sleep environment look like? (Spanish)
- Keeping Sleeping Babies Safer: Spanish, Russian and Arabic
- Personalized Safety Tips and Emergency Contact Sheet for Caregivers (in English and en Español)
- The ABCs of Safe Sleep: November 2014
Tips For Being a Nurturing Parent or Caregiver:
Help your children feel loved, safe and secure.
We can all take steps to build our relationships with our children:
- Make sure your children know you love them, even when they do something wrong.
- Encourage your children
- Praise their achievements and talents.
- Spend time with your children
- Do things together that you all enjoy.
Seek help if you need it. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
If you think stress may be affecting the way you respond to your child, or if you just want the extra support that all parents need at some point, try the following:
- Talk to someone. Tell a friend, healthcare provider or a leader in your faith community about your concerns. Join a self-help group for caregivers.
- Seek Counseling. Individual or family counseling can help you learn healthy ways to communicate with each other.
- Take a parenting workshop or class. Such learning opportunities can give you knowledge skills, and support for effective parenting and connect you with other parents who share your concerns. Reach out to the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) www.nyspep.org to fine a program in your area.
- Accept help. Accept offers of help from friends, family or neighbors and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Call the New York Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN.