Sharon Stone: Providing a Platform for Child Safety
News Sharon Stone shares her history and personal rules of childhood safety, as well as why it extends to youths long after they’ve given up diapers.
Mediaplanet: When did it first become apparent to you that child safety is so important?
Sharon Stone: Before I was ever a mom, a long time ago, a woman who was cooking in my home brought her baby and he crawled over, opened a drawer and cut his fingers badly on a box of aluminum foil. Of course it was so scary to see a baby hurt. He was ultimately okay, and ended up learning to walk in my kitchen—after I safety-proofed it like mad. I’ve been a safety advocate ever since.
MP: What is the number one child injury that you think is preventable but can be overlooked?
SS: Locking down televisions and heavy objects like lamps and so forth that kids can pull over on themselves. People just don’t realize what a big deal that is, and the huge amount of injuries that they bring.
"I’m always saying 'hold the railing,' like it’s a mantra."
I have to add that allowing kids to walk with their electronics on stairs and on the street while reading them is incredibly dangerous. I pulled a teenager back from in front of a car by her hoodie in New York City as she was reading her texts listening to music and stepped right in front of an oncoming car.
MP: As a mother, what are some of the most important things that you do to make sure that your children are always safe?
SS: I’m always saying "hold the railing," like it’s a mantra and “look both ways,” and they are never allowed to have their electronics on while on the stairs. We also keep a very open line of communication; I think that is the biggest thing one can do, simply to talk about everything, every day.
MP: What is the most important thing we must know about child safety in the community?
SS: Above all, we must realize that our children, all of our children, from every race, religion and economic class, need us now more than ever to be by their side, to actually hear them, to help them to be accountable citizens and to know that we will do our best to give them a safe and worthwhile future.