June is Student Safety Month, but that doesn’t mean that safety tips can’t be used all year long. Whether you are a student or have kids in school, now is a great time to learn about ways you can help keep students of all ages safe for every month of the year.
The program began as a way to heighten awareness and safety during times like graduation, senior proms, and other events where accidents frequently happen. However, students of all ages can benefit from safety awareness. Read below to see how you can participate in June’s Student Safety Month.
Help Your Child Stay Safe In the Classroom
Each school should have a safety program in place that covers routine drills in case of a fire, an earthquake, an intruder, or other threats to safety. As a parent, it’s important that you discuss these things with your children to make sure they understand how to stay safe at school. Helping your student be prepared both inside and outside of the classroom can help make sure your student stays calm and follows safety guidelines during a drill, or in case of a real life event.
Stop Bullying Before it Becomes Dangerous
But there may be other safety concerns that could happen at school that aren’t routinely practiced or drilled. Talking about the dangers of bullying is another way to help keep your student safe at school. Bullying unfortunately happens at all ages and can have a very real impact on your student’s mental and physical well-being. Making sure that your student knows that they can go to you if they are being bullied can have a bigger impact than you might think.
If you have questions about how to detect warning signs of bullying, how to prevent bullying, or what to do if your child is being bullied at school, the government has put together an incredible resource at stopbullying.gov.
Help Your Child Stay Safe Outside the Classroom
Safety concerns don’t end when your student leaves the walls of the classroom. Younger students often walk home from school, which can pose safety risks. Simple conversations about finding trusted grown-ups, staying away from strangers, walking on sidewalks, crossing streets safely, and walking home with a friend are only some things you should talk to your student about. It’s often a good idea to work with other parents in your neighborhood to arrange car pools or find classmates your child can walk home with.
Create Fun Games and Safety Activities for Kids
Try making safety into something fun while you are out with your kids. See how quickly they can find a safe spot at the mall, or quiz them about some of the things you have talked about, giving a small treat as a reward. Or, download our children’s coloring book or create your own to outline safety procedures in a fun, colorful way.
Keeping the atmosphere fun and comfortable will reduce anxiety and stress in case of a real safety threat. But be firm and always make sure your children understand these situations are serious, not just a game.
Help Teenagers Understand the Consequences of Their Actions
For older students, driving – not walking – is what poses dangers. Carol Copeland Thomas unfortunately knows firsthand the dangers of driving. Mrs. Thomas started Student Safety Month in 1998 after her 17-year-old son was killed only days after his high school graduation. Her website provides a free toolkit you can use to help participate in Student Safety Month. Talking with your students about not driving distracted or under the influence can help avoid tragedies like this.
How We Can Help
Our attorneys all have kids in school and understand the value of keeping them safe year round. Take this opportunity to talk with your students about the possible dangers and how to stay safe while in school and outside of school. If you or your child has been injured in an accident, come into our office for a free consultation or call us at (801) 506.0800.