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1. Two-year-old crushed to death by a TV. Her mother’s plea: “If it gets your child in the wrong spot it can be lethal.”
Megan Cammilleri’s daughter Jasmine was a climber. She liked getting into things and on top of them, just like any adventurous two-year-old.
She says that Jasmine had started climbing on the television cabinet a couple of months before the fatal accident that killed her but she never imagined it was a problem as the 94cm (37-inch) TV was so heavy.
In February 2013 Jasmine was playing near the TV in their Perth home. Her mother has described how she left the room for a moment to send an email and make a phone call when she heard a scream and a loud thump when she rushed back to the room, there her daughter Jasmine was lying on her back, unresponsive, with the TV lying on top of the two-year-old.
The ABC reports that an inquest into Jasmine’s death has found that the TV was not attached to the wall as the family did not realise it was necessary.
Mrs Cammilleri said that she bought the TV with part of the baby bonus the family received after the birth of Jasmine.
She was informed at the time that there “brackets” for the television but she thought it “sounded just like aesthetics”.
“We just thought ‘we’ll do it later’,” she said.
“It wasn’t of concern or a problem.”
Her daughter was breathing but unresponsive when she found her, she was rushed to hospital but died soon after.
Mrs Cammilleri she said she hoped the inquest would lead to sales assistants making “more of an effort” to explain the need to televisions.”
“It’s not just an aesthetics concern, it’s for safety,” she said.
“It says it in the booklet, but not everybody reads that.
“If it’s mentioned [that] straps or brackets are highly recommended, that would be a good thing.”
“If I can stop it happening to someone else then I will,” she said outside the inquest.
“I just urge people to either put the TV on the wall or use the straps that you can purchase at the shops.
“You could say the TV itself is not particularly heavy, but if it gets your child in the wrong spot it can be lethal.”
In Australian there are non-mandatory standards related to the safety requirements of electronic apparatus, which requires items weighing seven kilograms or more to have adequate stability.
2. Schools ban students from posting pic of others online.
Schools are increasingly banning students from posting images of other children, teachers or school buildings to social media.
The Herald Sun reports that St Kevin’s College in Toorak is just one of many that has directed its primary students to sign an agreement specifying that no photographs, videos or sounds bites of students, staff, school buildings, sports teams or other identifiable images are to be posted online.