Gary Karton

Content Advisor

Gary started his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the last 18 years working in the world of nonprofits to help children and families. He brings that same passion to Safe Kids, creating messages for a variety of audiences to ensure that more kids can explore, have fun and still stay safe. He is also the author of The Last Akaway, the first book in an award-winning fantasy adventure series for kids.

Blogs by Gary Karton

New episode on Youth Sports

One dad Takes one for the Team on Parent Pep Talk Podcast by sharing ‘humiliating’ outburst at son’s hockey practice.

The Parent Pep Talk

The Parent Pep Talk, Safe Kids Worldwide’s new parenting podcast, provides perspective, tips, and support.

The Doubtful Dad: Sportsmanship Blog

If you're one of those parents who insists on yelling at the officials during your kid’s sporting event, let me start by saying, you’re right. OK? The kid probably did travel. That was a total strike. It was definitely icing. Obvious pass interference. But that doesn’t make up for all the ways we’re wrong.

Doubtful Dad Dog Park

I love the dog park.

I love it because Halea, my dog (a very rare breed of mutt), loves it. She runs and plays and sniffs, and for 30 minutes every day, I feel like I'm actually giving her the attention she deserves.

I love it because of what I see when I'm there. All different kinds, shapes, and sizes of dogs playing together. They don't worry or judge or take things too seriously.

Role Model Video BlogRole Model Video Blog

My 15-year-old son recently got his learner’s permit. Enjoy this video, with several more examples of how our kids are watching more than we think.