Monday, July 31, 2017
We know that your kids might be bummed out that summer is drawing to a close, but the school season can be just as fun and exciting. As parents and children gear up for the start of yet another school year, a question on a lot of parents’ minds is how to ensure their child’s safety.
“Education is incredibly important for children,” explains SouthCoast Health Pediatrician Dr. William Webb. “But equally as important is establishing a feeling of safety, especially in their school environment. Not feeling safe can seriously impact a child’s ability to learn, develop, and grow.”
If you’re like most parents, you want your child to thrive at school. Help them to do so and make sure they feel safe, comfortable, and secure by following these tips.
Whether your child rides the bus or lives close enough to school to walk, there are several things you can do to ensure your child’s safety as they travel to and fro. Here’s a breakdown:
2. Know Every Detail of Your Child’s School Emergency Plans
Knowing your child’s school’s emergency plans is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety for you and your children. Not only will it help you know what to do in case of an emergency, but it will also help your child to understand what they should do. Having the school staff’s contact information on hand is also a great way to be fully prepared and will reduce the chance of panic.
3. Talk with Your Children
Sitting down and having a safety chat with your child, no matter their age, is always a good idea. Go over what examples of emergencies are, what to do in bad situations, and make sure your child knows how to contact you in worst case scenarios. These talks don’t have to be scary. Spend the conversation making sure your child feels safe, calm, and comfortable no matter what could happen. Also, use this time to tackle any anxieties or issues you see arising.
4. Share and Communicate with the School
If your child has any allergies, disabilities, issues, or general concerns, it is never a bad idea to communicate this to your child’s teachers and other school administrators. They are there to help your child, and any information you can provide to them will only help.
5. Get Involved
The best way to ensure your child’s safety while they are at school is to get involved! Join organizations, neighbor watches, PTAs, etc. That way, you will know the safety procedures of your school very well, you will be able to ensure the school stays safe by being involved in the decision-making processes, and you will be able to be around your child more. It’s a win-win situation all around.
6. Handle Bullying
Bullying is a problem that a lot of children face, with about 49 percent of children in grades 4-12 reporting experiencing some form of bullying. Always carving out time in the evening to discuss how everything is going with your children is a great way to stop the negative effects of bullying. Noticing if your child continuously has bad or stressful days may be a sign that something is not right. Click this resource to learn the other signs of bullying.
The school season can be a wonderful and fun time for your kids, as fun and happy as the summer is! Follow these tips to make sure your children stay safe while learning. If you have any other questions or would like to make an appointment with a SouthCoast Family Medicine Physician OR Pediatrician, click here.
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