Back-to-school checklist should include safety lessons

Back-to-school checklist should include safety lessonsIn the midst of the back-to-school rush, while you’re reviewing your schedules and getting supplies and backpacks ready, remember to review safety as well. Parents and caregivers should keep in mind that the relevant safety topics for kids change with every year and every grade. What you were teaching them about safety last year may not be the same as what they should know now, especially if there is a transition to middle school or high school involved.

I recently spoke about school safety on The Morning Blend, and am able to share some great safety resources available through the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program. Here is a helpful way to approach age-appropriate safety topics for kids:

All ages

Family safety planning: Do your kids know what to do in an emergency, and how to reach you if necessary? Do you have an alternate contact when you are not available? What should they do if they come home and you’re not there? Learn more about family safety planning.

Pedestrian and passenger safety: It’s never too early to learn some lessons, such as crossing the street safely, wearing a helmet when riding a bike or on wheels, wearing a seatbelt while riding in a car, being a safe and distraction-free passenger. Learn more about pedestrian and passenger safety.

Sports safety: Regardless of their skill level, it’s important to reinforce messages like wearing a helmet, staying hydrated and following the rules of the game, just to name a few. Learn more about sports safety.

Keep Spriggy Safe Game app: Helping Spriggy avoid danger helps teach kids safety lessons in a fun and engaging way. Download the Keep Spriggy Safe Game app.

Younger kids

Playground safety: Kids can learn how they can do their part to stay safe and keep others safe while at play. Learn more about playground safety.

Older kids

Staying home alone: Are they ready, and what do they need to know to stay safe? Learn more about kids staying home alone.

Teens in the kitchen: Set the rules for what they can cook on their own and when, while reviewing kitchen and microwave safety. Learn more about teens in the kitchen.

- Katie Horrigan, director of community education and outreach, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community ServicesKohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Kohl’s Cares share the mission of keeping kids in our community safe, healthy and injury free. The Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program provides a trusted educational resource for safety in the home, outdoors and on the go. The more families know about safety and injury prevention, the healthier they can be.

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