Fear is a common response to the uncertain. We send our children off into the care of others that we really aren’t aware off. For the first time in a while, we aren’t sure exactly how they’re spending their day or who they’re spending it with. We aren’t sure how the teacher will respond if our child cries, gets into a fight or realizes he forgot his lunch. We do not know if the child feels comfortable around with the people there. All we do know, for sure, is that mom isn’t there to make sure everything is alright.
While we can’t be there in person to be sure are children are safe and well cared for, we can empower our children to be conscious of their safety and to
At all costs, teach your child not to accept treats of any kind from strangers within or outside school premises. The child must know that everyone but their family is a stranger and they must not socialise with them without adult/ parent supervision.
Make sure your child is well aware of his and your contact information. They should have their full name and address along with your number memorised. Writing your number and name on the child’s hand will also help if your child has lost his way home.express themselves in a way so that their needs are met.
Creating a comfort zone between you and the child is very important. You must be the ultimate go-to person to your child so they share everything with you. Ask your child open ended questions. Make asking your child questions about how his day went a part of your afterschool routine. If anything concerns you, bring it up with his teacher.
Teach your child that it’s okay for him to talk to you and his teacher about his needs or
concerns. The child must be in a position to trust the teacher and to seek help in a situation where his parents cannot be called.
Be a presence. Get involved in your child’s school. Join the PTA or volunteer to be a room mother. Let your presence declare that you have a serious interest in your child’s school year success.
Provide ways for your child to make friends. Get your child involved with something that interests him, encourage play dates and foster friendships. Being involved in a peer group can help your child feel positive about his school experience.
If your child walks or rides the bus to school, talk specifically about safety rules and have a set check-in time for him to call you when he gets home from school.
Engage in situational role plays that can help your child learn to navigate different situations that may come up. pose them a plausible negative situation that they are likely to face at school and analyse their approach to deal with it. Based upon their approach, teach them the best ways to dodge any tough or negative situation.
Teach your children that putting up with ragging and bullying is not the right decision. Teach them to report any kind of bullying by fellow classmates or senior classmates and make sure it is brought to the teacher’s notice or your notice before it’s too late.
Pay attention to changes in your child’s eating habits, sleeping habits and personality. If you notice your child
seems withdrawn or isn’t sleeping well, inquire as to why. A change in behaviour may signal that something is wrong.
Make sure schools are maintaining all security checks. They should have cctvs in key areas. All employees teaching and non teaching staff should be background verified. They should also better manage entry and exit of vendors to the campus. Security assisted by modern technologies should help in the same. “All Is Well” is one such solution to enhance security at your campus.