Keeping kids safe at sleepovers

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Keeping kids safe at sleepovers

Sleepovers can be really fun. They're a great rite of passage and I'm not the kind of mom who says no sleepovers ever. If you want to do that, that's fine. But if your kids are going to go on a sleepover there are some very important questions that you should ask yourself before you let your kid spend the night somewhere. Number one, does your kid know what to do if somebody tries to sneek into their bed or their sleeping bag? Are they confident enough to say, stop. Cut it out. Are they confident enough to call you in the middle of the night if they feel that, oh, oh, scared feeling. I'd also check it out with the parent. Who else is going to be at that sleepover besides your kid? Adults? Other siblings? Other kids sleeping over? You need to get as much information as possible. And do those parents have the same feelings about safety that I have? If they are a little more laxed or casual about safety than you are, you might want to think about, is my child really going to be safe there.

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Pattie Fitzgerald

Child Safety Expert

Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of Safely Ever After, Inc., and is recognized as a leading expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse prevention education, child abduction prevention, and Internet Safety education.  She is certified as a Child Safety Educator and Child Visitation Monitor, and has worked tirelessly as children’s advocate for over ten years.  As a former preschool teacher, Pattie blends her expertise as an educator and, more importantly as a mom, to teach parents and kids everywhere the most effective, up-to-date safety strategies without using fear tactics.   

Admired for her positive approach and warm, compassionate style, Pattie is also the author of the newly released children’s book, No Trespassing – This Is MY Body which parents and children are embracing across the country.  Pattie’s programs and curriculum have been implemented in public and private schools throughout the United States and have been also been utilized by The Santa Monica Police School Resource Department as well as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department through their MERIT Program.   

Prior to the inception of Safely Ever After, Inc., Pattie worked as the Community Outreach Educator for the national child advocacy agency, Parents For Megan’s Law.  Her published work has appeared in national newspapers, parenting magazines, and trade journals throughout the country, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, KCBS, KABC and KNBC news as well as countless national radio programs.

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