Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Back To school: Back to Safety
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My wonderful friend Landon wanted to share some very important thoughts on kids' safety issues, especially as our kids are now going back to school in the new school season. So yet again, I am super thankful and happy to share this informative piece he took the time out to write.

With August in the air, many students are headed back to school. Parents sometimes are joyous to send their children back to school, while others feel saddened that vacation time with their kids is over.

This year, it’s especially important to start off on a positive note. We all need to make sure school safety is maintained in a proper fashion. Having our beloved children sent off to schools where we are unable to supervise what they are doing can sometimes be an uneasy feeling for many parents.

It’s vital for parents to check into their children’s school environment to be sure necessary steps are being taken to ensure safety at school. There are many areas of a child’s school that can pose threats to their health or well-being, so properly examining where children will be spending a large majority of their time is a great way to ensure your child’s safety.

One of the most common places in schools for accidents is on the playground. This area of the school is often overlooked by parents who assume the school staff has already examined the playground for possible threats where our children could be injured. In fact, most of the time teachers and staff make this same assumption, and assume principals and school board members have inspected the playgrounds. Don’t assume- check it out for yourself! In fact, the majority of child accidents are caused from teachers who do not supervise their students while at recess.

Other areas that should be checked out before school starts are bus stops and areas where your children wait for transportation- like car pool lines. Some points to consider are: is there enough room for my child to stand away from the road? Are there school staff members or teachers in these areas to make sure my child is safe while entering and exiting cars? What system has the school put into place to make sure the environment is safe, and my child won’t be crossing a busy street or right of way? These are all valid questions that should be considered.

Other locations can pose threats for child safety questions- like after school activities, and sports. The
same questions should be asked for these areas. Parents should also consider the qualifications of their child’s coach or instructor. If your child were to be injured, do the instructors have proper CPR and/or safety training? Is there access to medical equipment or necessary devices in the event of an emergency?

So, with the season of back to school upon us, be sure to fully examine and determine if your child will be in locations where you can feel confident they are remaining safe. The best time to ask these questions and determine whether the environment is suitable is during the first few weeks, when children and teachers are becoming acclimated to their new environments.

Take necessary steps to ensure your children are safe at home as well. For more information on child injuries, and symptoms of an injury, be sure to take a look at this Child Safety Guide.

Thank you so much Landon for the article and for sharing it here with us.

Landon resides in sunny North Carolina and is an advocate for safety, especially when it comes to texting and driving. Landon is a recent graduate from UNCW and enjoys spending time at the beach, as well as becoming informed of new technology. He loves to run, kayak, as well as surf.

 - Debolina Raja Gupta

And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta
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