Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children in America. Most injuries
can be prevented when parents implement effective child safety practices. This project will
create a behaviorally based program to teach parents what to do to prevent injuries to their
school aged child, in an effort to reduce the number of injuries, hospitalizations, medical
costs, and missed work days.
This project will produce a comprehensive, interactive multimedia (IMM) program to teach
childhood injury prevention skills to parents of children 6 through 11 years of age. This is
one of a four-part series of funded programs to address injury prevention issues for three
age groups of children (birth through 24 months, 2-5 years of age and 6-11 years of age).
The program will be created in three formats: Internet/intranet, CD-ROM, and linear video
(DVD) suitable for use in homes, worksites, medical settings, service agencies, and health
information Web sites. On-screen narrators will guide the user through program material
comprised of short video presentations, modeling vignettes demonstrating desired behaviors,
supportive testimonials, and suggestions for modifications to home and recreational
- The basic lower age limit for parents or guardians of children aged 6-11 for this
study was 18. Parents or legal guardians could potentially be as old as 65 or older.
- Only English-speaking participants were accepted because the program was developed
only for English speakers. All English-speaking parents or guardians living in the
U.S., with children aged 6-11 years old, who wished to participate were included.
Parents under 18 were excluded from this online study because parental consent cannot
be obtained online.