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By United Services for Effective Parenting-Ohio, Inc.
Take a look at the following Powerpoint Presentations of 2013 USEP-OHIO Discover Parenting Project entrants and winners.

The 2013 Discover Parenting entrants in both the Photo and Action Project categories, chosen by their teachers and Ohio school students to participate, include a wide range of subject matter. They reflect both new issues, urgent messages of safe and thoughtful parenting and recent research crucial for parents to know how to protect their children 24/7 at home, in the community and on our streets and highways. Every entrant’s offering is thoughtful and teaches responsibility and safety.

1st2013 Powerpoint Presentation for Discover Parenting Photos

First Place Winner – Torie Peoples, Upper Scioto Valley High School, Alger, OH. "Mom says 'Click It' So She Won't Get a Ticket", is a great photo that taps into the most important and successful recent traffic safety program in America."Click It or Ticket has helped convince many Americans to observe the law! - reminding us that it is safest to use the current standards for safely seating infants and children. Research tells us that the best strategies save lives when correctly implemented. In this case, rear-facing, infant size seat, correctly belted is the standard to best protect baby. The reality is that it is indeed the law! So mom is doing it right. Great caption, great photo!
Teacher - Deborah Baker, Upper Scioto Valley H.S., McGuffey, OH

2Second Place Winner - Taylor Wade, Upper Valley Career Center, Sidney, OH. "Know Safety...No Accidents" Shows an active youngster properly and safely seated! The caption caught our attention in its simplicity, and clever play on words. All parents/drivers who KNOW the laws and abide by the recommended guidelines, realize there are NO accidents. Injury is always attributable to overlooking some safety issue or requirement. The vehicle, the driver behavior, and roadway issues cause crashes! There are NO accidents, there are reasons! Speeding, alcohol or drug impairment, inattention; mechanical issues or roadway design issues cause death and impairment. None of these is accidental - they are causative. Know safety, No accidents, only causes we can work to fix.
Teacher - Bev Holthaus, Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, OH

3Third Place Winner - Lindsey Logan, Upper Scioto Valley High School, Alger,OH."BeingBuckled In, Is Safer than Being Held Onto Tight", depicts a clear message with both photo and the safely-seated,smiling child. It refers to the important message sometimes realized too late by loving parents, grandparents and friends who think they may be able to safely hold a child on their laps. Once again, research tells us that in a collision, loving arms can never take the place of a carefully designed safe seat, correctly installed. Each year we lose children to well meaning and loving people who hold a sleeping infant or older child rather than loving them best - by safely seating them. (See the video clips from the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety in the Kids in the Car... resource available on our Safe Connections and Resources pages of the USEP-OHIO Website - ( )
Teacher - Deborah Baker, Upper Scioto Valley H.S., McGuffey, OH

Honorable Mention - Brandace Eutin, Knox County Career Center, Danville, OH. "Mommy Keeps Me Safe by Buckling Me Up" shows us a child who, like many American youngsters, probably spends a good amount of time in his safe carseat. Statistics show that a growing number of babies begin life riding, sometimes eating, playing and listening from their seats, as they drive to day care, school or work with their caregivers, parents and family members. The number of miles they are driven continues to rise. The simple message in this caption tells it all. I am safe when I am buckled up. It is no guarantee of no injury, but the statistics are clear - kids who are safely buckled are less likely to be thrown out of vehicles, or injured in crashes of any kind. Mom is giving him a safer ride by always buckling - every time!
Teacher - Teslie Kinsey, Knox County Career Center, Mt. Vernon, OH

Additional Notes on the 2013 photos - We have many thoughtful students whose photos were not chosen for an award. We want to congratulate them for being creative, thoughtful, original, and for the critical thinking they have done in creating their entries. They represent safety in the home, safe handling by their parents, and even areas we have not represented in the past. One tiny infant (who appears to be a premie) is the first we remember who is so tiny and so young. We thank the teachers who have thoughtfully prepared their students for the task of being safe, responsible parents. Their guidance has helped prepare students for balancing home and family, and organizing their lives to accommodate others, not only their own needs. This project was used by the teachers to help fulfill the Ohio Content Standards for their curriculum. Congratulations to all! We hope your school, your community and the local papers and newsletters will help you tell the story of your participation in Discover Parenting - 2013.

GRADSGraduation Reality and Dual-Role Skills is a class offered in Ohio schools, taught by trained Family and Consumer Sciences teachers to pregnant and parenting teens. Keeping these students in school greatly enhances their ability to learn the skills needed to parent a healthy child and to acquire career skills that lead to successful employment.

Click here to find a printable PDF with the latest Car Seat Recommendations for Children

Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep in 1992, deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have declined dramatically. But sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia, have increased. Read more!

See – Newest Information and Law in Our State for more regarding the AAP and NHTSA information. Go to and/or click on CAR SEAT RECOMMENDATIONS for more information. Parents can be fined $25 to $75, plus court costs, for a first offense. Children from 4 to 8 years, who weigh more than 40 pounds and are less than 4 feet 9 inches tall must be in a booster seat. They can still use a car seat, rather than a booster, at the older age, if the seat has been approved for the child's weight. Younger children must be in car seats under Ohio law, and older children and adults in seat belts. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 4 to 8 in Ohio, according to AAA. Eighty-nine were killed and more than 21,000 injured in auto accidents between 2002 and 2007 in Ohio alone. Their chances of being harmed in an accident dropped by 59 percent if they were in booster seats and seat belts, according to one study.

2012 Powerpoint Presentation Discover Parenting Action Projects.

The following action projects are examples of secondary students teaching younger elementary students about dangers including bike safety, fire safety, kitchen safety, internet, stranger dangers, the playground, water play, and dangers in the home and on the roadway. They explore safe practices, do research, create posters and a portfolio. They teach the rules of safety and responsibility, putting kids in charge of their own safety, with a combination of hands-on activities and experiential learning methods.

First Place Winner – “Food Safety” Brittany Magby, Warrensville Heights High School, Warrensville Heights, OH - This lesson poster reflects Brittany’s work to tell younger students the story of how and why it is critical to follow food safety rules. She provided a lesson plan with variety of learning activities and tools to tell her safety lesson and to provide hands on learning to the youngsters. She consulted Safe Kids, and the National Geographic for information to support her lesson, and especially valued being able to talk with each child in the early education class she visited and taught. (Teacher - Jasmine King)

Second Place Winner – “Health Safety” Jada Campbell, Warrensville Heights High School, Warrensville Heights, OH - Jada’s lesson to youngsters at Mt. Zion Day Care included an introduction to germs and how they can endanger our lives. Her portfolio show photos of work with the little ones, including reading them a book on health habits. She learned about the Child Care field and presented information she hopes will help her when she becomes a medical professional. (Teacher - Jasmine King)

For more information contact: Patricia Fountain, Project Manager
614-868-8600 or 1-800-262-4KIDS