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As children get ready to go back to school, this is a great time to year to review anti-bullying strategies and safety tips with your kids. As children start thinking about the new school year, those who have been victims of bullies may be feeling dread and fear. In addition, statistically, many children will be bullied. Even if a child has not encountered hurtful words or actions before, they may encounter them this year. Arming them with the resources they need to prevent or cope with these situations can be a big help.

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As a parent, there are several things you can do:

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If your child is seriously injured at school, you may wonder whether the school is responsible for your child. After all, when you send your child to get an education, you expect them to stay safe. If your child is injured, do you have a claim against the school and other parties?

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In Hollywood and in Florida, you may have a claim against the school and other liable parties if your child has suffered a serious injury due to negligence or recklessness. You may have a claim if:

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Any repeated and malicious communication through electronic means –whether through cell phones, computers, mobile devices, or any other devices – is considered cyberbullying and is against the law in Florida. This crime can involve sending unwanted and harmful messages or other forms of communication intended to harm.

It is also a serious concern for parents – and with good reason. About one in four children have been victims of cyberbullying, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center (CRC). In many cases, children who have been targeted struggle with schoolwork, find their relationships affected, and suffer serious stress. Some withdraw or engage in self-harm. Some even commit suicide.

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Every day, you send your children off to school to get an education. You hope that your child’s time at school gives them a chance to make friends and creates the opportunity for a brighter future. Unfortunately, about 4 million children and teens across the country are injured on school property or while in the care of their schools each year.

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Most school administrators and teachers genuinely care about their students and work hard to make sure that all their students are safe. Unfortunately, bad policies, negligence, budget cuts, and overcrowded classrooms can mean that school injuries happen even with the best intentions. No parent wants to get that devastating call from the school, telling them that their child has been injured. Families who have suffered a school injury in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida deserve answers and support.

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Elderly family members may need more care and attention, since they may be vulnerable to injury, elder abuse, and other issues. If you have an elderly loved one living in your Homestead or Florida home, there are several things you will want to do to make sure that everyone in your family is protected in the event of an emergency:

1) Create a disaster preparedness plan for your elderly relatives.

If you have loved ones in an assisted living facility or nursing home, do you have a plan in place to keep them safe from elder abuse or nursing home abuse and neglect? If a tornado or other natural disaster were to hit your Homestead home, how would you contact elderly loved ones and keep them safe? Would your family members be able to escape in the event of a fire? Develop a plan to keep everyone in your family safe. If elderly loved ones live with you, this may mean making your home more accessible or contacting your fire department to ensure that your home would permit elderly family members to get out in the event of a fire or other disaster.

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Whether your child attends college or goes to a high school or grammar school, of course you expect your child school to be provided with a good level of safety as well as an education. However, child injuries in Homestead and other communities often occur at school. As you start preparing for back-to-school, ask yourself these questions to see how your child’s school measures when it comes to safety:

1) Is there good control of entrances, with gatekeepers in place?

One problem with inadequate security in Homestead and other Florida schools often stems from the fact that just anyone can stroll into a campus or into school buildings. At high schools and schools teaching younger children, especially, it is important that when a stranger enters the campus or school, they do so near an office where gatekeepers such as administrative assistants can evaluate the reason for a visit. Obviously, it is more difficult to control who enters a college campus, but there should still be security and entrances in place to offer some security.

2) Does the school have a policy for dealing with campus dangers?

The school should have a written policy for dealing with school violence, fires, and other disasters.

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