Tag Archives: American Red Cross

Online Babysitting Training, Provided by the Red Cross

Babysitting is a great way for teens to begin to make their own money. It was my first job, and I absolutely loved it. The kids were awesome, and I loved having my own money that I did not have to ask Mom and Dad for. However, I do remember being a little bit intimidated at first by the thought of having to take care of another child on my own. If I could go back in time, I would definitely have signed up for a Red Cross babysitting class before I started working, to relay my nervousness.

Stock Photography taken for the American Red Cross babysitter's training video.

The Red Cross has offered an in-person training course for some time now, but has recently launched an online course that can be completed at home, in four hours, at the student’s convenience.

The online course offers all of the same information that the traditional in-person training does. The course ensures that the student masters the information because he or she must pass each lesson before moving on to the next. This is a self paced course, so the student can take as much time as he or she needs to practice each lesson. The online course is interactive; it has animated hosts, videos, case study scenarios, and drag‐and‐drop and point and click exercises.

The Course Outline includes the following lessons:
• The Business of Babysitting
• You’re the Boss
• Safe and Sound on the Job
• Playing with Kids of All Ages
• From Feeding to Bedtime: Caring For Kids
• It’s an Emergency- Now What?
• Final Exam

Additionally, participants have unlimited access to downloadable resources that can be used for additional self‐learning or to refresh their skills. Those resources include resume templates, interview checklists, fact sheets, skill sheets, family information cards, parent consent and contact cards.

Upon successful completion of the online course, students will receive certification stating that they have completed the American Red Cross Babysitting Basics course.

Another advantage of the online version of the course is the price. The cost of the course is $29.95, while the in-person training costs $85, because it is taught by a certified instructor. If you wish to sign up for either the online or in-person course, or learn more about them, click this link.

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Zombies have taken over Earth!

Well, maybe not literally, but they sure have taken over our televisions haven’t they? From The Walking Dead, to World War Z, to Zombieland, to all the other zombie-themed TV shows and movies that have come out in the past few years, we seem to have some kind of fascination with the undead. And with Halloween just around the corner, more and more zombies are sure to be popping up at your door shouting, “Trick or Treat!”

So, while zombies may not be a real threat to us, we should be keeping in mind some important safety tips for Halloween. The American Red Cross has come up with a couple of rhymes to help you and your kids remember some safety rules for the upcoming fright-filled night!

Alone is something you never want to be when the ghosts are out and the ghouls roam free! (Walk in groups or with a trusted adult, never alone.)

Candy and treats are very sweet, but make sure a grown-up checks your goodies before you eat! (Make sure to remove open packages and choking hazards.)

Whether you’re dressed as a bear or a park ranger, accept treats at the door, but please don’t go into the house of a stranger.

You may visit many homes on Halloween night, but only visit those with a bright porch light.

Scary monsters are a Halloween feature, be on the lookout for all sorts of creatures. (…maybe not zombies, but use caution around stray dogs and other unfamiliar animals!)

For a full list of our rhyming rules, check out this link.Have a safe and spooky Halloween! Look out for those zombies!

What’s Your Game Plan?

What comes to mind when you think about being prepared? An image of a boy scout pops in my head. The Boy Scout Motto is “Be Prepared”. It’s simple and powerful.

Be prepared.

Are you and your family prepared for the next disaster? It’s not something we really want to think about but we all know we need to have a plan in place.

I’m encouraging you to take some time this month and create or update your emergency plan with your family. We have a lot of fun interactive tools you can use like our Red Cross Ready site and our mobile apps.

Here’s a fun video about a game plan gone wrong. Happy National Preparedness Month!

Special Thanks for Special Service

Every year during the holiday season, Americans take time to reflect and give thanks for the many gifts in our lives.  Whether down the block, across the country, or around the world, we gather with family and loved ones to share a touch of home. It’s during this special season we ask you to take the time to ‘give something that means something” to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, our nation’s veterans, and their military families who may be separated from their loved ones or far from home.

Between October 1 and December 7, 2012, you are invited to send holiday greeting cards with messages of thanks and support to our troops. Red Cross volunteers will screen, sort, and deliver your cards to military installations as well as VA and military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world.

Visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail for details on how you can send a card.

Spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors, and let’s give something that means something to our service men and women, veterans and their families around the world in gratitude for their service.