AVON LAKE, Ohio - A survey conducted by the American Red Cross found many Americans struggle with getting a babysitter.
According to the survey:
* 69 percent of parents said good babysitters are hard to find
* 55 percent stayed at home because they couldn't find a babysitter
* 30 percent rejected a babysitter because of safety concerns
The Red Cross said its babysitting training courses are a solution to the problem. NewsChannel5 was invited to check out a course being offered at the Avon Lake Library.
Teens ages 11 to 15 brought baby dolls to the class to practice how to properly hold an infant. The course covered everything from CPR for children and infants, to how to handle an emergency.
"Emergencies happen. You need to be ready and prepared and everything. If somebody freaks out, something dangerous might happen," 12-year-old Bridget Molnar said.
Students shared how being trained made them feel more confident in their childcare skills. According to Red Cross instructors, that's one of the goals. Safety is another.
"How to maintain your safety and the safety of those that you are sitting for," Hugh Harrison, an instructor, said.
"The most important things in their lives are their children. They're going to trust you when you're a Red Cross babysitting instructor."
Courses can last a day or two and cost $85. Check out redcross.org to learn more.
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