As a parent, your child’s safety is paramount in all sense, with your watchful eyes always over them as they jump and play energetically. But there are situations when we cant be there to protect and keep them safe. E.g. school environment. Being the parent or guardian, their safety is directly and indirectly still your responsibility whether or not you are present. When it comes to the safety of your child within the school environment there are still smart steps to take, in keeping your children safe.
Confirm your childs records are up to date
On enrolling new pupils, schools make it mandatory for parents to fill and complete series of paperwork, one of which is an Admission form, and this includes fields like parents contact details, childs medical history, childs allergies, etc. But with time, these information is becoming obsolete, as the parents contact details may have changed several times, or a childs medical history may evolve after time. This might be very problematic when emergencies arise. As parents, make adequate efforts to contact your childs administrative office when key information needs to be updated.
Meet and engage Teachers/Administrators
This gives you the opportunity to get personalized feedback on your child from his/her teacher. Its a more verbal way to stay up to date on a regular basis. Due to its personalized nature, parents and teachers or administrator can be more direct to address issues faced by children. Feel free to suggest one, if your childs school doesnt offer any active Parents-Teachers conferences.
School Policies on safety
Every school has its policies, especially with how schools handle emergency situations, but some parents never get to actually read through their children’s handbook. So, we arent just encouraging you to read them, but you are to also review them at the beginning of every school year with your children. These handbooks usually answer questions parents ask frequently as regards the schools policies on issues like dress code, visitors policy, emergencies, bullying, etc. and as regards other issues of concerns not dealt with in the handbook. You may feel free to contact the schools administration office.
Technology based assistance
Technology and the use of internet or mobile devices shouldnt be kept from the reach of children. The internet is a rich source of boundless knowledge. So, rather than shy away and distant your children from it, you should encourage it, but with THOROUGH SUPERVISION. There are mobile technologies to monitor cyber-bullying and alert you, the parent. Mobile devices are available with built in features to monitor childrens social media and internet use, current physical location and more, keeping them safe. Enforcing Child Control Software and mobile apps could be a good idea too, especially for your teens.
Open conversations with your Child should be encouraged
Children who are encouraged to have open communications with parents or guardians are more likely to have healthy self-esteem and emotional responses, and be more likely to air their dreams, fears and thoughts. The home environment should foster open and honest conversation.