Child safety is one of the most important issues we can address today. All children have the right to be safe, receive adequate care and grow up in a protective environment such that they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.
A family is the first line of protection for children. Parents are responsible for building a secure home environment. One of parents’ greatest responsibilities is to pass on everything they learn to their children, such that they can keep themselves safe when they are eventually on their own. On the other hand schools are responsible for a building a safe and child-friendly environment outside of the child’s home.
Safety At Home
Home is a special place for children when they are growing up. It’s a place for them to explore, play and have adventures. It is also the most common place for young ones to be injured. You can keep your child safe by finding out what the risks are, and then preventing them.
From the time the baby arrives to the time your child starts crawling, the risks keep changing. As a parent you’ll have to be constantly alert for new threats. Even when you think you’ve removed all the potential hazards, children can still have tumbles and falls. Thus, supervision is one of the keys to safety at home. Furthermore, you can teach your child about what’s safe and what’s not.
Key threats to children in a house are sharp objects, kitchen appliances, electrical switches, poisoning caused by household chemicals and medicines, outdoors areas; particularly the driveway, gardens, pool and play areas.
As a parent it’s always useful to keep a list of emergency numbers and a first aid kit in case of any potential dangers. Its important that you make sure your home is fun, stimulating and safe as your child grows and develops.
Safety At School
Providing a safe, caring and respectful climate in which learning can flourish is a key priority for educators. A positive climate facilitates both academic success as well as student wellbeing. Safety at school includes the rules and norms that promote social and physical safety.
At a social level, a positive school climate can act as a protective factor against aggressive behaviour such as bullying. It is very important teachers actively address and discourage any act of bullying. As a parent, you must talk to your child about their problems, if there is anything that is making them uncomfortable. If they don’t open up, look for signs such as sudden drop in their grades, loss or fallout with their friends, or torn clothing. It is also important to teach them to resolve their problems without fighting or abuse, and to speak to a trusted adult to help them through the situation.
At a physical level, it is important that a school’s playground and outdoor play equipment is adequately inspected and maintained. Improper surfaces, damaged or poor quality equipment, non-compliance of playground rules, and lack of supervision can all lead to accidents in which your child may get hurt. In spite of all the precautions one can take, it is inevitable that your child will fall and get injured while playing. Thus, it is important to let your kids learn their own lessons as it key to their development.
We hope your child is well protected and safe. Our products at Skillmatics meet International Safety Standards and are 100% safe and non-toxic!