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By: Melina Druga
In the wake of the Newtown, CT, shooting, school safety has been on the minds of parents now more than ever. And while the best precautions cannot prevent every tragedy, preparation can go a long way to making your child feel safe and comfortable at school.
What do you need to know in order to assess your child’s school and make their learning experience a positive one? The following are 14 tips for school safety.
Children often travel to and from school or the bus stop on their own. To increase their safety:
Once your child reaches school, the safety concerns are not over. Bullying and fighting are commonplace.
According to National Safety Council, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as an aggressive behavior that is intended to cause harm or distress, occurs repeatedly over time and involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Bullying can take many forms: emotional, verbal, nonverbal, physical, sexual and cyber.
Children who have been bullied don’t always tell an adult. They often have physical and emotional symptoms, and the psychological impact can last into adulthood.
Tips for helping your Kids Deal with Bullies:
Empower yourself as a parent and ask teachers and school officials by
Field trips are an occasion for children to learn while outside the classroom. Fields trips provide school officials with a safety challenge. To ensure your child has a safe field-trip experience, follow these tips:
Children and teens also can be the victims of violence, identity theft and bullying even when they are not in school. These attacks happen online. For more information on this topic, please visit our article A Parent’s Guide to Social Networking in 2013.
The following is a list of exceptional websites where you can find out more information on school safety:
National School Safety and Security Services www.schoolsecurity.org/
Playground Safety NSC Playground Safety (PDF)
Parental Involvement in School Safety: What Every Parent Should Know; What Every Parent Should Say www.ncdjjdp.org/cpsv/pdf_files/parental_involvement.pdf (PDF)
National School Safety Center www.schoolsafety.us/home
PREPARING YOUR SCHOOL FOR A CRISIS www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/crisisplanning.html
What Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Safe at School www.ncpc.org/topics/school-safety/copy_of_school-safety
Preventing Bullying Preventing Bullying - NSC.org (PDF)
Parents and School Safety www.schoolsecurity.org/faq/parents.html