School-aged Children are generally allowed more independence because they are more capable of taking care of themselves and they can also reliably follow instructions. With increased independence, school-aged children are also prone to accidents. Parents therefore need to take caution, and teach children safety guidelines whether at home, in school or at play.
Parents should teach children the use of seatbelts early on, to promote safety at all times. Try to have a safety check routine when you are in the car with your child. Before long, your child will also develop this safety habit. Children should also be taught safety measures while on parking lots and school buses. Children should also be taught not to walk behind cars, and to avoid pushing or shoving while crossing streets.
Sports related injuries are common during this stage. The use of safety gears should then be encouraged. Safety gears should also be appropriate for the sport, which your child is into. Never allow them to wear helmets and other gears, which are not suited for a particular sport activity. Although this may protect your child in some way, it may fail to serve the purpose intended. Children should also be told to know his limits. Do not allow your child to play beyond the point of exhaustion because it may only lead to injuries.
Swimming is a fun activity but parents need to teach early swimming skills to kids if possible. Be certain that your child is aware of the dangers of swimming beyond one’s capability. While playing games can be fun, teach your kids to avoid games such as dares, in order to prevent drowning accidents.
Safety measures should also be taught in the kitchen to prevent burns. Teach your kids on how to operate the microwave oven properly. Children may tend to use it a lot, and they need to know safety measures, like the right containers to use when heating. Teach your child to never play with matches and candles because it may cause burns and fires.
School-aged children enjoy their independence, and they may spend a lot of time outdoors. Parents should emphasize that not all areas in your community are safe. Inform your child to avoid unsafe places like back alleys or train yards. In order to ensure safety, parents should know the whereabouts of children at all times. Parents also need to know the activities that a child may be involved in. Children may not always think of safety when participating in activities with friends.
It is also the time to teach your kids to avoid strangers. While waiting to be fetched from school, parents should tell children never to leave the premises with a stranger. Try to know how the school can protect your child while he is waiting to be fetched. Most schools have safety measures, which are very important in keeping your child safe.
Since this is a time that children can easily be influenced by their peers, parents should try to tackle sensitive issues like sex education and recreational drug use. If your child is ready for these topics, it is very important that they learn it from their parents, and not somewhere else. Try to discuss sexual abuse as well, in order to let your child know that it is not right, and he has to tell somebody about it. The use of cigarettes and alcohol should also be discouraged. It is also crucial for a parent who own firearms, to keep these in locked cabinets. Bullets should be separately stored in a secured place to prevent any accidents.
School-aged children love their independence, and parents should always put safety a top priority. Although a child can be trusted with some responsibilities, he may also be reckless and unaware of the risks in his environment. For this reason, parents need to step up and promote safety at all times.