Child Safety Legal Center

Even if parents childproof their home, they cannot completely shield their child from injuries.

Schools must take reasonable steps to protect children entrusted to them from foreseeable harm.

Children are much more susceptible than adults to suffering serious injuries in car accidents.

Parents should be aware of concerns such as cyberbullying, identity theft, and sexual predators.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How can I make my home safer for my child?
    You can make your home safer by putting items that you do not want your child to access in locked drawers or cabinets, and in places that your child cannot reach. You also might want to take safety measures for windows, furniture, and electrical outlets.
  • Why should I register a product that I bought for my child?
    Registering a product that you bought for your child will allow you to receive a direct notification if the manufacturer recalls the product. This is the best way to find out about recalls as soon as they happen.
  • Can I sue my child’s school if they get hurt playing sports?
    You cannot sue the school if your child suffers a routine injury while playing sports. However, you might be able to sue the school for injuries that did not occur in the normal course of competition.
  • When can a child safely stop using a booster seat?
    A child can safely stop using a booster seat when they can fit in a seat belt so that the lap belt fits snugly across their upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits snugly across their shoulder and chest.
  • What is sexting?
    Sexting occurs when a teenager sends or receives sexually explicit photos or videos. While this behavior is usually consensual, it may lead to criminal charges. Some states have passed laws specific to sexting.
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Popular Topics
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
    An adult may perpetrate physical, emotional, or sexual abuse against a child, leaving scars that last far into the future. Meanwhile, neglect involves a failure to meet a child’s basic needs.
  • Toy Hazards
    Parents should get toys that are appropriate for the age and maturity level of their child. If a toy is defective, they can sue the manufacturer for compensation for any resulting injuries.
  • Bullying in Schools
    A child may suffer severe physical and psychological harm from bullying, which demands prompt intervention. Parents may be able to sue a school if it ignored or tolerated this behavior.
  • Teen Driver Accidents
    Novice drivers are more likely to cause crashes due to their inexperience and propensity for distracted or aggressive behaviors. Sometimes their parents may be liable for their conduct.
  • Video Games and Children
    Although there is not enough evidence to support a clear causal link between violent games and violent behavior, there is a reliable association between violent games and aggressive outcomes.
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