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Julie Kenneally

 Public Relations Associate

“From growing up as an accident-prone child (and still being an accident-prone adult), I understand how quickly injuries can happen and how preventable many injuries are. Safe Kids shares my sentiment and helps get the word out on how to avoid these preventable injuries.”

Julie came to Safe Kids from a large public affairs firm, where she perfected the basics of social media and public relations. At Safe Kids, Julie puts those skills to use by engaging all Safe Kids channels of social media to spread Safe Kids’ message to a wider audience.

Blogs by Julie

global road safety blog

Every day around the world, more than 500 children lose their lives in traffic crashes. Tens of thousands are injured, sometimes suffering lifelong disabilities. Not only are children at high risk in vehicles, on bicycles, and on motorcycles, they are vulnerable as pedestrians and are often injured or killed in the simple act of walking to school.


Every year, on the first Wednesday of October, schools around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day. For the past 16 years, Safe Kids has teamed up with FedEx to host events in celebration of this day to teach children how to walk to school safely. We hope your kids get to attend one of these great events. But, if they don’t, it’s still an important time to talk to them about how to walk safely. In the United States alone, 44 children are hit by a car every day. We’ve created some helpful, and fun, items below to help you teach your kids how to walk safely.

Clifford book blog

We worked with FedEx to develop a special pedestrian safety book, Clifford Takes a Walk. In the book, Clifford and his friends learn how to walk safely. In celebration of International Walk to School Day, we’re offering classrooms a chance to win 100 books for their school.

distracted walking video

It’s no secret that teens and pre-teens are often distracted by technology: texting, listening to music, playing games. This becomes a particular safety issue when students cross the street while distracted. In fact, last year alone 274 kids ages 10-19 were killed while walking. How do we get these teens to listen to safety tips? It’s definitely a challenge. We turned to the teens themselves to ask how they would do it. And that’s how the Take Action Against Distraction Contest was born.

earth day 2015

To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® are teaming up to teach families the importance of recycling older TVs. It is the perfect time to take this simple step to help protect the Earth and kids.

heatstroke blog 2015

Heatstroke is a condition that occurs when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels. Children are at great risk for heatstroke because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees, children’s organs start to shut down. And when it reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.

home safety for kids

With people still talking about the Nationwide Super Bowl ad that brought dramatic attention to the number one killer of kids, preventable injuries, we’re releasing new research that reveals the scope of the problem in a place most parents assume is safe: the home. Every day, six children die from an injury in the home, and 10,000 go to the emergency department for the kinds of injuries that commonly happen in homes.

International Walk to School Day Blog

Every October, schools across the globe celebrate International Walk to School Day. Safe Kids is teaming up with FedEx for the 15th year to host events on October 8 that will teach children how to walk to school safely. In honor of these great events, we’ve developed some information for you and your family to use to help your kids stay safe while walking. It only takes a few minutes today, on International Walk to School Day, or any day throughout the year, to teach your kids how to walk safely.

Pedestrian Safety Blog 2014

One of the most interesting aspects of working at Safe Kids is that we get to play "detective.” If we see a statistic we find alarming, like that every hour of every day a teen is hit by a car and killed or injured in the U.S., we get to try to figure out the five W’s, who, what, where, when and why. Last year, we discovered that the pedestrian death rate for teens is twice that of younger children. This year, we took our detective role one step further. We surveyed 1000 teens ages 13-18 to understand more about their walking habits: what they’re doing, and why.  

girl in booster seat

Our new study helps answer some of the questions parents have about when to switch from a booster seat to just a seat belt. We surveyed 1,000 parents of children ages 4 to 10 and found that an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough. In fact, 7 in 10 parents do not know that a child should be at least 57 inches (4’9”) to ride in a car without a booster seat.