The Safe Child Handbook: How to Protect Your Family and Cope with Anxiety in a Threat-Filled World
September 2006, Jossey-Bass
1. “Doing Too Much Is as Risky as Doing Too Little.”
Part One: Ensuring Your Child’s Safety.
2. Weather Emergencies: “What’s Going On with Mother Nature?”
3. Kidnapping: “Don’t Go Anywhere Without Me!”
4. Terrorism: “How Are We Supposed to Know What to Do?”
5. Inappropriate Media Influence: “Why Do They Keep Showing That Same Awful Scene?”
6. Drug and Alcohol Abuse: “Do You Want to Wind Up in the Gutter?”
7. Child Abuse: “Whom Can You Trust These Days?”
8. School Violence: “You Won’t Put My Son by the Windows, Will You?”
9. Making Your House Safe: “Where Are the Dangerous Places?”
Part Two: Ensuring Your Family’s Serenity.
10. How Can Your Children Cope with Their Fears?
11. How Can You Cope with Your Own and Your Family’s Fears?
Appendix: Lists of Internet Sites, by Type of Threat.
References and Further Reading.
About the Authors.
Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D., is a professor of development and
educational psychology at Lesley University. Her current research
focuses on how teachers can assist anxious children in the
Dacey and Fiore are the coauthors of the best-selling book Your Anxious Child from Jossey-Bass.
—Debra L. Ness, president, National Partnership for Women and Families
"This book does a fine job of explaining the crucial role of
parents in keeping children safe in these challenging times,
including how to work with local law enforcement agencies."
—Kathleen O’Toole, commissioner, Boston Police Department
"This handbook has wonderfully addressed the question, How can
parents acknowledge real contemporary fears and help assure their
children’s safety, and at the same time promote their
—Timothy F. Dugan, M.D., senior consultant in education, Cambridge Hospital, Division of Child and Adult Psychiatry
"This guide offers many useful ideas about keeping children
safe, but its chief contributions are the two chapters on how
you and your children can cope with fear most effectively. The
activities described there will prove invaluable in
maintaining your family's mental health in these troubling times.
These are helpful methods for reducing anxiety in parents and
—Gordon L. Ulrey, Ph.D., associate clinical professor of psychology, School of Medicine, University of California at Davis
"As a pediatrician, I have dealt with the fears and phobias of
children. When these are compounded by parental anxieties, the
challenges of addressing the problems are magnified. The world is
full of potential dangers, many of which are captured by the media
who bring distant problems into our homes. The Safe Child
Handbook offers a practical and insightful approach and is a
valuable guide to both parents and professionals."
—Carol Berkowitz, M.D., executive vice chair and professor, Department of Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
"As a parent, teacher, and community activist, I am acutely
aware of the dangers that are both unavoidable and, at times, out
of our control. This book provides accurate information and simple
strategies to encourage people to be proactive, and promotes
communication between those who care for children and the children
who put their trust in us."
—Joan Davidson, M.A., past president, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified Schol District; art educator, Torrance Unified School District