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Front Lines Safer Cell Phones You know that cell phones emit radiation, but how do you find out how much? The Environmental Working Group has created a searchable database of phone radiation levels, along with guidelines for safe usage and information about choosing the best phone. www.ewg.org/ cellphoneradiation/fullreport New Credit Card Rules New rules from the Federal Reserve will protect consumers by requiring credit card companies to: Notify you 45 days before increasing rates or fees; Keep your interest rate the same for the first 12 months of opening an account; Tell you how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you make minimum payments; Protect underage consumers. Visit www.federalreserve.gov/ consumerinfo/wyntk_creditcardrules.htm for complete rules and changes. Teach Your Kids How to Protect Themselves San Diego parents are saddened and outraged by the recent abduction and deaths of two girls in North County. These tragedies remind us all of the need to educate our children about basic safety. These tips are taken from the National Center forMissing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com). • Teach your children their full names, address and phone number. Make sure they know your full name, how and when to call 911, and how to reach you at work or on your cell. • Walk the route to and from school, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they need help. • Remind your children not to walk or play alone outside. • Teach children never to approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent. Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it’s OK to do so. • Remind your children it’s ok to say NO to anything that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused and teach your child to tell you if anything or anyone makes them feel this way. • During family outings, choose an easy-to-find spot to meet if you get separated. Teach your children how to locate help at theme parks, sports stadiums, shopping malls and other public places. • April 2010 • SanDiegoFamily.com • 15 NEWS | VoiCES | TiPS | TRENdS Jennifer A. Burman and Kirsten Flournoy
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