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The Proactive Parent

Proactive:  pro-ac-tive (adjective)

Taking the initiative by acting rather than reacting to events

 

For my inaugural Proactive Parent tip I’ve got to go with Our Child Safe.  This website is a secure online, encrypted, password-protected database that allows parents to create a profile of their child, which is instantly accessible to law enforcement agencies or emergency room personnel in the event of an emergency.  The information is stored in a safe place, and you, the parent, have control over who has access to it. 

 

For a nominal fee, you can register your child and upload photos and pertinent information including contact data, medical conditions and medication details.  Should your child go missing or be involved in an accident, no one has to wait for you – in a panic situation – to gather critical information.  Founder Stuart Maesel, a father and longtime “Big Brother” who has worked with numerous child safety organizations over the years, was bothered by the fact that typically two to four hours elapse between someone noticing a child is missing and the police having in hand the information they need to conduct an effective search.  So he looked to the internet to solve the problem.  “Originally the dream of the internet was to get information from one place to another instantaneously,” says Maesel.  “What better use of the technology than saving lives?”

  

Yes, even contemplating the idea of your child going missing or needing emergency medical care is disturbing.  But should you avoid the stress of thinking about it by pretending that it can never happen to your child?  If you’re a proactive parent the answer is obvious.  The most effective way to deal with potential traumatic situations is to be prepared.  No one expects their house to burn down, but don’t we all have home insurance? 

 

And when you think about it, having your children’s medical info securely all in one place yet easily accessible can be handy in a lot of situations.  If there’s an illness while the kids are at camp or spending the weekend with grandparents, or an unexpected trip to the emergency room while you’re all on a family vacation, one password is all it takes to access the details medical personnel will need to effectively treat your child.  Personally, I think it’s a fantastic service. 

 

Our Child Safe: Amber Alert Registry & Medical Vault

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Regina Alford permalink
    March 2, 2009 7:57 pm

    A friend of mine sent me a link to your site and I really like the tone of it. It seems that you write with a style that really works for me (and my friend, obviously). I really wanted t0 comment on the Amber Alert Registry. This site is one of the smartest sites I have ever looked at. Certainly I never want to think about the worst case scenario, but what parent wouldn’t take this opportunity to be prepared. It just makes too much sense. If something, God forbid, ever happened to one of my kids, why would I want to waste even one second in getting the search started for them. I’ve shared this with a number of my friends and almost all of them signed up their children. Thank you. This is what blogs should be about.
    Regina

  2. savvymomsafekids permalink*
    March 4, 2009 7:41 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Regina. I’m just getting started, and hope to continue to provide information that’s helpful, current and fun to read (when appropriate). I’m working on making the blog available on RSS feed and fine-tuning it as I go, so please check back soon!

  3. September 23, 2009 9:23 pm

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

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