Is caffeine safe for children? Does it stunt growth? How much is safe? Learn more in this post.
(Don’t) Jump Around: A Look at Trampoline Safety
Several years ago, my youngest broke his leg at a trampoline park while we were on vacation visiting my parents. In the urgent care center across the street, the nurses informed me that such accidents were frequent, with toddlers coming in multiple times a week with broken legs. Given their popularity and the risk associated with … Continue reading (Don’t) Jump Around: A Look at Trampoline Safety
Gun Safety and Children: Risks and Responsibilities of Gun Ownership
We are a diverse group of women with diverse views, as outlined in our first blog post. Gun control is no exception. Our experience and perspectives range from desiring a complete ban on all weapons to having served in the armed forces and enjoying visits to the firing range. However, we encourage evidence based-parenting, seek … Continue reading Gun Safety and Children: Risks and Responsibilities of Gun Ownership
Internet safety for kids
What's safe when it comes to apps, channels, and games? How can we improve internet safety for children and for media in general?
Ask SciMoms: Is arsenic in rice harmful?
Is arsenic in rice safe? Does it cause cancer? Is rice cereal safe for children? These questions are explored in this post.
Introduction to GMOs
Surveys show most consumers don't know much about GMOs. In this post, we review key terms and common myths about GMOs.
Genetic Testing on Children
In this post, we review the basics of genetic testing. There’s a growing number of services that offer testing for children. Many parents are curious about the accuracy of these tests, privacy, and more.
My kid wants to start skateboarding. Help!!
My kid got his first bike when he was 3. A two wheeler with training wheels. We taught him what to do, helped him balance, encouraged him, and by the time he was four, the training wheels were off. When he was five, we got him a scooter, and there wasn’t much to teach him: … Continue reading My kid wants to start skateboarding. Help!!
Defining Safety: How Safe is Safe?
Safety as a scientific concept is widely misunderstood. In this post, we’ll explore the concept of safety as defined by the FDA and EPA, and we'll define the concepts of GRAS and minimal risk.
Risk In Perspective: Population risk does not equal individual risk
This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. We tend to think in very small … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Population risk does not equal individual risk