Parent Tips

  • Children and Hand Sanitizer

    Recently, the Georgia Poison Center and Georgia Emergency Rooms have noticed a troubling new trend—children drinking hand sanitizer.

    • Most hand sanitizers contain more than 60% ethyl alcohol (ethanol) - more than most hard liquors
    • Drinking ethanol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning
    • Since 2010, poison centers have seen a 394% increase in hand sanitizer calls to our emergency hotlines

    pdf Hand Sanitizer Facts

    All hand sanitizing products are safe and effective when used properly but there is a potential for abuse. The alcohol used in the product has been altered to make it taste bad but this may not discourage some children from purposely drinking hand sanitizer in order to “get a buzz”, “get drunk” or from a dare. Teachers and parents should be aware of this and be on the lookout for any abuse.

     If it is suspected that someone has swallowed some hand sanitizer, the Georgia Poison Center should be contacted immediately by dialing 1-800-222-1222. Telephone lines are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by doctors, pharmacists, nurses, toxicologists and poison information specialists. Our service is free and the information provided to us is kept private and confidential.

    pdf  Hand Sanitizer Dangers

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  • Web Photos Can Reveal Secrets

    Parents may not realize that when they or their children upload photos to the Internet they can disclose where they live, work, and play. Geotags identify where the photo or video was taken.
    • New York Times: Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live
    • Birmingham science news | Geotagging photos endangers children
    • NBC Chicago: Online Photos Could Give Strangers Your Exact Location (Video)

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  • New Law Places More Children In Booster Seats

    More children must use car booster seats under the new state law. Under the measure, nearly all children ages seven and under will now have to sit in booster seats while riding in a car in Georgia.
    Changes to GA Booster Seat Law
    What you need to Know Booster Seat Law
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  • Stay Aware of Safety in your Neighborhood

    The Police Email Notification System (PENS) is maintained by Cobb Police to enhance communication between the county’s five police precincts and the communities they serve. The objective of the program is the establishment of e-mail contact with official representatives of Cobb's homeowners associations (HOAs) and business leaders on matters of safety and security. The police will notify businesses and HOAs about crime updates, community rumors, tips on crime prevention and BOLO (Be On the Look Out) information. Visit the PENS Web site for more information.

    The Cobb County Department of Public Safety can also deliver real-time emergency notifications specific to an individual’s geographic area via text and email using a web-based system called Nixle. These messages will go to you from the Public Information Office of the Cobb County Police Department and other public safety divisions within Cobb County. You can expect the following types of notifications from Nixle:

    • Armed or dangerous persons in their area
    • Missing person alerts to include Amber Alerts, Levi's Call and Mattie's Call
    • Fatality or severe injury accidents resulting in significant traffic delays
    • Other critical incidents that require real-time notification

    Go to to sign up.

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  • Cybersafety Booklet For Parents/Kids Now Available

    Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, a new booklet released by the Federal Trade Commission, tells parents and teachers what they need to know to talk to kids about issues like cyber bullying, sexting, mobile phone safety, and protecting the family computer. The free booklet is available at, the federal government’s online safety Web site.
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  • What Parents Need to Know About Social Networking and More

    Cable in the Classroom has created short online videos illustrating the major elements of social networking, using MySpace as the example, and explaining the characteristics of Web 2.0.
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