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Seat belts can save Texas children's lives

Countless kids are injured while riding aboard school buses in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, the number of those hurt in Texas has dropped in recent years. This has happened in large part due to the passing of a state law that requires all large school buses to be equipped with seat belts.

What actually constitutes bullying?

While many people throw around the word "bullying," few have a clear understanding of what exactly entails. In short, it's any type of undesired, aggressive action taken by a child against another one. Any power imbalance between peers such as this may be deemed as bullying, especially if it's repeatedly enforced. Such treatment can leave a lasting impact on an individual's life.

How common are playground injuries?

School will be back in session is just a matter of weeks here in Waco. If you have young kids, then one of their favorite times of the day likely is when they can take a break from their classes and head outside for recess. Sadly, playgrounds are the one place where kids are most apt to get hurt while at school.

Certain child injuries are commonplace in the summer

It's summer. Most children are busy at camp, at the pool, traveling or doing several other activities for the next few weeks until school starts back once again. Since kids are running around here and there, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's an uptick in them getting hurt during the summer months. According to the Nationwide Children's Hospital, there are several common ways that children get hurt during the summer. Here are a few:

A Hewitt teacher won't be prosecuted for a student's injuries

A 69-year-old teacher, who was witnessed placing his knee of the back of an 11-year-old student, causing him to suffer injuries, will not face criminal charges for his inappropriate behavior. This is what a McClennan County grand jury decided at the middle of this month.

Researchers argue security guards don't make schools any safer

Researchers at Ball State University and the University of Toledo published a study in the Violence and Gender journal just this week. They concluded that school security efforts have little to no impact on deterring gun violence at educational institutions. In fact, they argue that security guards give students and teachers a false sense of safety.

Can day care workers and teachers be sued for hurting a child?

Most children in America spend the majority of their awake hours under the care of day care workers or at school. While you'd expect for the administrators at their school to properly vet teachers to make sure that it's safe for them to be around your child, they often make mistakes. Then there are some teachers who go even go rogue. If your child is hurt at their day care or school, then you may be wondering what to do.

Should drivers exercise a duty of care around bike-riding kids?

Although all motorists are expected to be careful when driving their cars near motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, there are some who aren't. Their failure to exercise this duty of care results in thousands of individuals being struck by vehicles each year. The large majority of bicyclists that are hit by motorists are children.

Children who are bullied may be scarred for the long-term

Bullying has been getting a lot of attention in the media during the past few years. One of the reasons for this is that an increasing number of victims have been turning to abusing drugs or alcohol, have developed mental health issues or have taken their lives because of it.

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