Child Safety On The Information Highway
Planning into Action – The SHSP also articulates priorities that have been established by a diversity of safety stakeholders, thereby helping to assure these priorities represent the shared interests of multiple partners and enhancing their likelihood of successful funding.
Idaho’s observed safety restraint use rate decreased slightly from 81.6% in 2013 to 80.2% in 2014 . While the observed seat belt use rate was 80%, only 44% of the motor vehicle occupants killed in crashes were wearing seat belts. If everyone had been wearing seat belts, 34 of the 67 unbelted motor vehicle occupants may have been saved. — Idaho Traffic Crashes 2014
The OHS is currently providing free training to law enforcement agencies in advanced crash reporting to improve the quality and accuracy of the information collected. For more information about the training, contact Kirstin Weldin at Kirstin.Weldin@itd.idaho.gov
While children need a certain amount of privacy, they also need parental involvement and supervision in their daily lives. The same general parenting skills that apply to the “real world” also apply online. If you have cause for concern about your children’s online activities, talk to them. Also seek out the advice and counsel of teachers, librarians, and other parents. Having open communication with your children and trying out the apps and services they use will help you obtain the full benefits of these services and alert you to any potential problem that may occur with their use. If your child tells you about an upsetting message, person, or web site, don’t blame your child but help him or her avoid problems in the future. Remember — how you respond will determine whether they confide in you the next time they encounter a problem and how they learn to deal with problems on their own.
There are lots of ways that a child’s privacy could be at risk. The biggest is what they post themselves. If something is really embarrassing or simply shouldn’t be shared with the public, then don’t put it online.
The simple answer is no one and everyone. The Internet has lots of “stake-holders.” Governments, companies, schools, non-profit groups and those of us who access the Net, all have an interest in keeping it safe, productive and useful. But no single entity is in charge. We are, literally, all in this together. Most companies that provide Internet access, publish apps or run social media services try to provide their subscribers with an enjoyable, safe, and rewarding experience, but it’s not possible for these companies to monitor everyone who uses their service any more than a government can control the behavior of the people within its borders.
The Director of the Idaho Transportation Department serves as the Governors highway safety representative. The Office of Highway Safety is managed by the Highway Safety Manager. The Office of Highway Safety consists of two teams: the records team and the programs team. The records team is responsible for maintaining, updating, and ensuring the quality of the statewide motor vehicle crash database. The program team is responsible for administering Idaho’s Federal highway safety funds and analyzing and disseminating the crash data. All funding is subject to approval by the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission and the Idaho Transportation Board.