It’s August and that means school is back in session and its a time where some parents are happy and willing to get their children out the door and others dread this time of year. Finishing up the summer weeks lounging by the pool or taking family vacations can seem like such a distant memory – and many parents yearn for the warm weather, or at least the holiday time, to come around again!
This school year, parents should take all possible steps to ensure their children remain safe during school, as well as during after schhol and sports activities. There are many instances where children can easily and quickly become injured. Some areas to consider include the playground during recess, in the lunchroom, getting on the bus, and even after school in the back yard, soccer fields, and on bicycles, skateboards, etc.
In fact, more than 200,000 children each year are injured as a result of playground accidents, according to the National PTA association. In fact, more that forty percent of playground injuries can be a direct result of adequate supervision by teachers and staff. As a parent, it should be our duty to fully become aware of where our children will be roaming during school activities, and become more involved with school staff if you believe there are areas for risk – especially for the younger children. A great way to become involved would also include joining your school’s local PTA association.
The risk of injury among children can be especially high with children who are involved in many extra-curricular activities. In fact, most child injuries are attributed to participation in sports and club activities where physical activity is required. Again, becoming involved and full aware of what coaches are enacting to ensure the safety of children is vital for protecting our children this year.
As a Parent, it’s important to be fully aware of the types of injuries that could result in school activities. In many situations, we might not be fully aware of what type of injury our children face, or how to deal with and treat the wound. Check out this excellent Child Safety Guide for more information on how to treat possible injuries.
Traveling To School
Another way for children to become injured is through travels to and from school. The risk associated with school bus accidents is actually much lower than passenger vehicles. When placing your children on school busses, you can have a more confident feeling that they are traveling to school in a safe manner. Other factors to consider in safe travels to school include other motorists, especially teenagers. Often times, teens travel to school during or close to the same time frame as younger children. With new licenses, often times these drivers lack experience and judgement when it comes to making decisions on the roads. In addition, with the rise in technology, the number of accidents associated due to texting and driving is much higher. It’s important to stay safe on the roads at all times. If you have a teen, be sure to practice safe behaviors to demonstrate effective safety on the roads. Also, be sure to check out an excellent safe simulator that demonstrates the dangers of texting and driving.
Making the Year Great
Let’s be sure to keep our children safe this year, by taking extra steps to ensure that we are exposing them to safe environments where we can feel confident their risk of injury is reduced. Become involved with your children’s school organizations and be sure to spread the message regarding possible unsafe conditions at your children’s school with others – don’t let your voice go unheard!
This is a guest post from Donna Fitzgerald who resides in North Carolina and is the mother of two beautiful daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and the outdoors. Donna is an advocate for safety.
Thanks, Donna! I hope the information in this post is helpful, what are some things you do to ensure your child’s safety once school starts? Please comment below and share this information with your friends and family! Thanks for reading, stick around for more from my Back to School series! Next up: Meal planning! Check out #1 in the series HERE