Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Danger Ranger

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Gail Junion-Metz -- School Library Journal, 3/4/2009 8:21:00 AM

The third week of March is Poison Prevention Week. This year, as part of educating kids about poisons, teach them about the dangers of taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines without adult supervision. Research shows that many young kids think that those great-tasting vitamins and cough syrups, as well as colorful prescription pills, are candy—often with disastrous results. The Danger Rangers Web site will help teachers and caregivers get this important message across in an entertaining way.

From the home page, click on the “Videos” television graphic at the top of the page, then click the 2 on the remote control to play a 30-minute cartoon titled “Medicine Mix Up.” For classroom tie-ins, click on the “Resources” link at the top of any page, then “Educator Resources.” Here you’ll find three free curriculum guides. For more poison prevention topics, click on the yellow “Safety Info” screen. There’s also a ton of information on many other important topics (fire safety, bike safety, bathroom safety, hearing loss prevention, and emergency preparedness, just to name a few). Don’t forget to recommend this site to parents!