Children and teens across Canada are getting ready to leave school behind for the adventures of summer holidays. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection reminds parents to practice safety strategies with their children. To help parents teach children to use safety habits every day the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has created a new resource. Safety Habits for Life is for children of all ages and will help build their safety competence and confidence.
“In order to truly be effective, safety habits need to be discussed on an ongoing basis and practiced regularly,” says Noni Classen, Director of Education at the Canadian Centre. “That’s why we created the Safety Habits for Life guide, these strategies will help parents teach their child safety skills without using fear-based tactics.”
The Safety Habits for Life guide includes five core safety strategies that are important for children to use throughout their lifetime. Strategies like the buddy system teach kids of all ages that there is safety in numbers. Teaching children to make a habit of walking places with others rather than alone will increase their safety.
It’s never too early to start talking about important safety habits with children. For additional information safety strategies and other resources visit kidsintheknow.ca. For fun and interactive activities to help children learn the buddy system visit BillyBuddy.ca, sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions.