Health and safety usually go together as essential lessons that parents want to share with their kids. Health and safety education should definitely begin at home. For one, child safety should be a primary concern of parents because our homes are filled with potentially hazardous materials, such as cleaning implements and chemicals. Our cupboards, drawers and cabinets contain all sorts of poisons and cleaners that despite being marked as such don't communicate the point strong enough to toddlers and other children who can't read yet. Our homes also pose other hazards such as staircases, electrical wiring and many more.
Safety management is the name of the game when dealing with kids. Parents need to learn to limit the amount of danger that children are exposed to. The same process applies in the workplace, for instance, when occupational safety is discussed.
- Start early. Once you really think about it, the concepts of safety do start at an early age. The things that we teach children stick with them until they become adults. As a child starts growing up and starts being given potentially dangerous tools like scissors or box cutters, he starts to apply what he learns about using these tools safely. More often than not though, accidents happen. Chances are these incidents are not that life-threatening. So don't be afraid to let your kids explore. If anything, these would be great in reinforcing the standard child safety tips that could really matter in the long run. If these kids learn their lesson early on, it will be an excellent start for them.
- One good way to teach health at home is during mealtimes, where parents can help explain the concepts of eating healthy foods, rather than junk foods and sodas. Here, parents can lead by example, and avoid unhealthy foods themselves. Parents can also set an example for proper eating habits, like eating on time, not under-eating, and not overeating.
- Learning about child safety is also very important in a school and classroom environment. For one, teachers are often outnumbered in the class setting. Do you really think that they can watch each child at all times? In cases when the children are left by themselves or when they are unsupervised, a child may do things that may be harmful to him.
- One good way to reinforce safety in the classroom is by tidying up and packing away toys and other materials. Children are always taught to pick up after themselves to make sure that nobody trips and gets hurt while playing. Everyone is encouraged to take an active role in taking care of breakables. If glasses, cups or windows break, they very well know that they shouldn't touch the shards of glass. These lessons can easily be ingrained in the children's minds with the use of games, posters and repetitive poems and rhymes that the kids can recite every day.
The lessons in health and safety that children learn from school can be easily taken home. Older kids can even help teach the younger ones about the importance of safety. Be aware of health issues, and keep your homes safe.