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January 20, 2007 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Four months after the congressional page scandal rocked Capitol Hill and helped dash Republican hopes for holding their majorities in Congress, the House voted unanimously Friday to expand the board that oversees the teenage interns and require that it meet regularly. The House voted 416 to 0 to reorganize the House Page Board so that it has two congressional members from each party, the House clerk, the sergeant at arms, one parent of a page and one former page.
September 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first harness-type child safety device for sale to consumers for use on commercial airline flights. The CAReS device, produced by Phoenix-based AmSafe Aviation, involves a belt and shoulder harness that goes around the adult seat back and attaches to the adult passenger lap belt.
June 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press is planning new restrictions on how adults may contact its younger users in response to growing concerns about the safety of teenagers who frequent the popular social networking site. The site already prohibits children ages 13 and under from setting up accounts and displays only partial profiles for those registered as 14 or 15 years old unless the person viewing the profile is already on the teen's list of friends.
April 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff Bob Doyle is expected to form a commission today to designate child safety zones to help implement Jessica's Law, a proposed November ballot initiative that would toughen penalties for sex offenders and keep them at least 2,000 feet from schools and parks. The group of local leaders will identify areas in Riverside County where children gather.
February 15, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
When pop star Britney Spears was caught on camera illegally holding her infant son in her lap while driving her SUV last week, her reckless faux pas likely did more to spotlight child safety than any politician or advocate could have dreamed. The Malibu incident and consequent public outcry over Spears' behavior surprised even seasoned auto safety advocates.
February 8, 2006 | From Associated Press
Britney Spears defended photographs showing the pop star driving with her 4-month-old son on her lap, saying she was dodging the paparazzi. Several photos published Tuesday showed Spears driving her SUV in Malibu with infant Sean Preston on her lap, rather than strapped into a car seat in the back. Spears said she did it because of a "horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi." The agency that snapped the photos, X17, had a different account.
January 3, 2006 | From Associated Press
Children are no safer riding in sport utility vehicles than in passenger cars, largely because the doubled risk of rollovers in SUVs cancels out the safety advantages of their size and weight, according to a study released today. Researchers said the findings dispelled the bigger-equals-safer myth that helped fuel the growing popularity of SUVs among families. "We're not saying they're worse or that they're terrible vehicles.
October 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chat rooms that could be used by sexual predators seeking access to children will be shut down by Yahoo Inc. under terms of an agreement between the Internet portal and the attorneys general of New York and Nebraska. Yahoo's decision marks the first time an Internet media company has undertaken systemwide controls over chat rooms in which predators link up with children, see them on Web cameras and then arrange meetings, New York Atty. Gen.
September 7, 2005 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
Keeping your kids safe on their way to school is critical -- whether you're ferrying them to first grade or proudly sending your teen off to college in a car. The Automobile Club of Southern California warns that children and parents need to be vigilant in keeping students safe as this school year begins. "The hectic back-to-school season finds many drivers, including parents, driving unsafely around school zones," says Anita Lorz, traffic safety specialist at the auto club.
June 23, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc. has shut some Internet chat rooms after companies including PepsiCo Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corp. pulled advertising, citing concerns that the sites were being used by adults to lure young children. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Georgia-Pacific and Pepsi said they pulled certain ads after being informed by a Texas television news station that the ads were being displayed to users of chat rooms covering topics such as pedophilia.
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