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The Parent Report

The Parent Report With Doug Cope

Proper Booster Seat Fit

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Jessica Jermakian of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety about booster seat safety and proper fit.

College Bound Dorchester

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Mark Culliton, CEO of a non-profit organization called College Bound Dorchester, which helps kids in Dorchester get off the streets and into community college.

Jobs

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Jennifer Grasz at CareerBuilder.com, who says the post-recession workforce has gotten increasingly older leaving less jobs available for the young.

Fortified Cereals

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with dietician Samantha Heller about how those fortified cereals your kids eat may not be good for them.

Sleeping Baby

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control's Maternal and Infant Health Branch, about how more than half of the infants in the U.S. are still placed to sleep with bedding that can be harmful.

Youth Fitness

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Jaime Gahche with the CDC about how physically fit our children are.

Youth Sports Injuries

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, discusses some sports injury statistics.

Sexting

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with psychologist Chris Houck at Rhode Island Hospital who says kids who engage in sexting are 4 to 7 times more likely to engage in other sexual behaviors than those who are not sexting.

Emergency Prep

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Kathy Spangler of Save The Children who says it's report card on disaster preparedness finds that 49 percent of parents don't feel very prepared to protect their children from a disaster.

Strict Parents

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Doctor Joji Suzuki at Brigham and Women's Hospital Psychiatry Department who says children of overly strict parents are more likely to use pot, tobacco, and alcohol.

School Lunches

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with researcher Alisha Farris at Virginia Tech University about how those school lunches are probably healthier than those home-packed lunches.

Reading Unbound

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Michael Smith, a teacher at Temple University and co-author of "Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want and Why We Should Let Them", about how kids can become better readers no matter what they're reading.

Toddlers And Touch Screens

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Doctor Ruth Milanaik at Cohen Children's Center of New York who says a child's use of iPads and iPhones doesn't have any positive effect on the cognitive development of that child.

Laundry Pods

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Doctor Gary Smith at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, about how more than 700 children under age 6 were hospitalized in the last two years after ingesting laundry pods, which can look like large pieces of candy.

Baby Gates

WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Lara McKenzie at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio about how that baby gate you've got installed at the top of the stairs may not be doing its job.