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In May 2013, my eleven year-old son Giovanni was pitching for his little league baseball team in Staten Island, New York. It was the bottom of the fifth inning. He had already struck out two batters and the third batter, about a foot taller than my son, was on deck. Giovanni’s first pitch went right down the middle of the plate. The batter swung and hit, and the ball hit my son in the face.

Teen Driver Video

Learning to drive is a serious issue – for teens and parents. Driving brings new freedom but there are also risks, risks that led to 2,439 teens deaths in 2012. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens.

But what about the stories behind the statistics? What are teen drivers and passengers thinking, what makes them feel unsafe and what can we do about it?

Grace

Sixteen years old. The age that came with the one little piece of plastic I’d been waiting for since my first toy car. I took the class, passed the test, waited in the line, and after what seemed like forever, the women sitting in the small cubicle at the DMV handed it to me: my driver’s license.

White House Sports Summit

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit with President Obama. Why is this issue so important that the President hosted a summit? Too many kids are being kept from playing the games they love because of injuries that we can predict and prevent.

Teens in Cars Report

"I lost my best friend because we didn't buckle up."

No one starts their day anticipating getting into a car crash. But teens like Presley teach us that it only takes one time riding in a car without bucking up for a life to be changed forever.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

It’s a fact – 83 million of us in the United States live in an area that could be affected by a hurricane,  stretching from the southern tip of Texas around the Gulf Coast and Florida and then up the east coast to the top of Maine. In New York City alone, 2.9 million residents live in hurricane evacuation zones.

Reagan Miller

Yes, my parents actually let me marry the guy who burned me. We were in high school and my future husband, John (the sweet guy he is), was cooking fried okra. The oil in the pan became too hot too fast. It went up in flames in a matter of seconds. I was standing back against the wall and could not get out of harm’s way quick enough. My right foot and leg caught on fire.

Keep your kids safe in the pool

Water, summer and kids having fun are synonymous. That was true for me when I was young, whether it involved a swimming pool, the ocean or even a big scoop of water ice in my native Philadelphia.

Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car.

Have you ever wondered if your actions can really make a difference? Last summer in Houston, Jason Nordman was walking in the parking lot outside an office building and spotted a baby crying in a car seat alone in a car. The windows were cracked a few inches and the doors were locked.

It's Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

National Organizations for Youth Safety hosted a Twitter Chat, inviting partner organizations, parents and youth leaders to join a conversation about the state of youth traffic safety today – and what we can do to improve it.

Have a safe Memorial Day

The calendar tells us that summer starts on June 21. But for me, summer starts on Memorial Day weekend, when I join aunts, uncles and cousins at the beach to open our old family cottage for the season. 

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