Guide for Electronic Communications and Social Media

Electronic communication technology and social networking sites have permanently changed the way parents, employees, children, and organizations interact with one another. Mediums like email, text messaging, and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter give everyone an equal voice.

With appropriate care, this new voice can be used as an extraordinary marketing, fundraising, customer service and relationship building tool for non-profit, youth focused, and community based organizations. Unfortunately, the same features that make this technology useful, also make it potentially harmful.

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Volunteer Screening Best Practices

Non-profit and community organizations depend on thousands of volunteers to help support their extensive programs. Many of these volunteers work exclusively with children. It is important to screen each volunteer to ensure that potential predators do not have access to these children. Because all volunteers could potentially have access to children, all adult volunteers and employees should go through a strict screening process regardless of relationships with staff, position in the community, or any other reason. 

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Personal Protective Equipment for Blood Cleanup

The safest way to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens is to never ever come into contact with blood. Unfortunately, that isn’t always an option. At some point you may need to provide medical assistance to someone that is bleeding, or you may be asked to clean up blood spills.

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Proper Step Stool Use

Reality Alert: An experienced childcare worker often used nap time as an opportunity to prepare for arts and crafts activities later in the day. Most of the art supplies had been stored on the top shelf of a closet which the employee was unable to reach without assistance.

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Fire Evacuation Plans for Childcare Centers

In the News: An unvented clothes dryer was the cause of a fire that killed three young children, one just three months old, in an unlicensed daycare, authorities said. The retired teacher who ran the daycare eventually died after pulling other children out of her burning home.

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Childcare Provider Back Injuries

Reality Alert: A healthy and athletic 20-year-old assistant teacher learned firsthand how important proper lifting technique is in a childcare setting. After struggling through lower back pain for several days, the woman scheduled an appointment with a chiropractor.

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Cleaning Children's Toys

In the News: A childcare center experienced a severe outbreak of E. coli that resulted in 11 of 45 children becoming extremely ill. A parent unknowingly sent an infected child to daycare where they spread the disease to several other children.

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Tap Water Burns and Scalds

Boy Severely Burned in Bathtub: A young boy was severely scalded on the lower half of his body after a caregiver placed him in a bath filled with scalding tap water. The boy was attending an in-home daycare when he had an accident that required cleaning and changing him.

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Window Blind Suffocation

Suffocation at Daycare: An 18-month-old girl suffocated at a childcare center after becoming entangled by a cord hanging from a set of window blinds. The child was left unattended, and when she crawled towards the blinds her head become trapped in the cords.

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Prevent Falls from Diaper Tables

Reality Alert: A one-year-old child suffered a skull fracture after falling from a changing table. The child rolled off the changing table onto the floor while another child unexpectedly diverted the childcare provider’s attention.

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