Should parents monitor the safety of their children’s toys?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney addresses toy safety and guidelines for choosing toys well.

    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.

    Rene Hackney: I m Doctor Rene Hackney; I own and teach at Parenting Playgroups which is a Parent Resource Center in Alexandria, Virginia. We offer a wide range of parenting programs and play programs for children. I do have a Masters in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology and along the way I trained at children s hospital and for the public schools.

    Host: Should parents monitor the safety of their children s toys?

    Rene Hackney: Parents should be very concerned with the safety of the toys and the products that they bring into their homes for their children. In light of the recent recalls of toys and the lead concerns, there are many ways in addition to that why you would want to look. In the year 2005, there were over a 191,000 emergency room visits that were tied to toys that were children either falling on toys or putting toys on them, falling downstairs using walkers, the choking hazards that are available. So, there is a real wide variety of issues for parents to consider.