As a teacher, you play an invaluable role in promoting child safety. Simply incorporate safety lessons into your class routine and consider the following:
Spend time reviewing child safety issues before you talk about them with your students. That way, you’ll be better able to handle questions and concerns.
Consider the age of your students
Gear discussions to your students’ developmental level, taking into account their age, abilities and understanding. Also, make sure you communicate messages in a way that’s positive and reassuring.
Involve parents and guardians
Ask parents and guardians for permission to talk with the class about safety information, especially if you plan to discuss topics like inappropriate online content. You might also want to invite parents and guardians to participate in the discussion.
Get outside support
To reinforce lessons about child safety issues, call on law-enforcement officers and other experts from your community to provide assistance. Ask them to offer suggestions for tailoring your program, or invite them to speak to one of your classes.
Child safety is a serious subject, but that doesn’t mean your students can’t have a fun time while they learn. Visual aids and activities can engage them and make lessons more likely to be remembered.
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