What does the Consumer Product Safety Commission consider when setting age guidelines?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: What does the consumer product safety commission consider when setting age guidelines?

    Dr. Rene Hackney: The consumer product safety commission looks that at least three variable for putting age guidelines on toys. The first is the safety issue, if it is a choking hazard at all it is going to get the label not for children under three years of age because so many under three still put things in their mouth as often.

    The other things that they are looking for they will be on safety guidelines, is will a child of that particular age be able to actually use this toy? Will the baby be able to manipulate it? Also will baby able to understand it cognitively where a three to five years older or five to nine year be able to understand how that toy works and use it as well.

    You will see those guidelines even on most games and on games when it says for eight plus, it really is about the child understanding of that task.