With the new school year starting up, there’s no better time to discuss school safety with your children. While school violence might be a hot topic on the news, the majority of school injuries are unintentional accidents that can be easily avoided with a bit of education and preparation. Here we’ll cover some basic ways you can keep you child safe and harm free throughout the school year.
Getting your children to and from school can be something of a challenge for busy parents. If you can’t regularly drive your children, now is a great time to discuss pedestrian safety precautions as well as the rules of the road and common traffic signals. Some schools may cover the basics but it never hurts to rehash the fundamentals.
Walking to School
Riding a Bicycle
Riding the Bus
Accidents, injuries, and children are a rather famous combination and a nearly inevitable occurrence at some point in your child’s life. The trick here is making sure that the accidents are minor and the injuries not serious. While you can’t always monitor your child, you can inspect your school’s playground and make sure it’s not an overtly dangerous place. Look for rusted equipment, unanchored soccer goals, and hard surfaces below climbing equipment. Get involved with the school and report anything you think might be hazardous.
Lastly, remember to let your children have fun at school. Sometimes the best part of being a child is being stupid, making mistakes, getting dirty and scraped up, and having fun. Finding the right balance between preventing serious injuries while letting your children enjoy school is key.