Summer Safety Tips for Students

Jun 18, 2018 by

Safety is a huge part of any educational atmosphere. There are certain state requirements that all child care centers and schools need to meet. This ensures that all children are able to flourish in a safe and healthy environment.

But what about when those children go home at the end of the day? Or ventre outside on their bikes or for a walk? Safety practices and education start with us, the educators. By practicing safety in the classroom and teaching children lessons about road safety, safety near water, and even promoting skin safety in the summer months, you’re instilling lessons that those children will remember long after school lets out for summer.

Here are a few ways to promote and educate students about important safety rules and practices.

Road Safety

A lot of things fall under the umbrella of road safety when it comes to children. They need to understand safety while riding in the car, riding their bicycles, and playing on or near the street.

Riding in the Car

Safety in the car, of course, starts with buckling your seatbelt. Although this is a law in all 50 states, not everyone adheres to it. Whether it’s because you’re in a hurry or just driving a few miles down the road, you still need to wear your seatbelt at all times. It’s also important to discuss properly wearing your seatbelt. By encouraging children to do so, they may encourage their parents to follow suit. You can also ask students about what type of car seat they use and why these are important.

Riding Bikes

The first rule when riding bikes is to always wear a helmet. Some child care centers have the space and resources to allow children to ride bikes and small scooters on premises. If this is the case, be sure that all children have helmets that fit securely. Teachers can also encourage the use of knee and elbow pads, and even gloves, to help protect all areas of the body. It’s often a good idea to wear long pants and/or a long sleeved shirt, even in the summer months. This also helps protect a child’s skin from road rash or scrapes.

Programs like Safety Town help teach children the laws of the road, both for vehicles and bicycles. The school gym is transformed into a mini-town with streets, buildings, signs, and traffic lights. Here, students ride their bikes and practice following the rules of the road. It’s a safe and educational environment for children to learn basic driving etiquette.

Street Play

One of the most basic rules when discussing safety on the street is to look both ways before crossing. This is a lesson instilled in children from a very young age, first by their parents. But you can reinforce this lesson in the classroom. This song is the perfect way to remind children how to look both ways before crossing and never to run out into the street or anywhere that cars are present. Parking lot safety is also important. Remind children never to walk behind a parked car and to always hold hands with an adult. When playing on the street, or even outside on the playground, it’s important for kids to be aware of their surroundings. Help teach them to look and listen for cars, bad weather, or any other dangers they may encounter.

Water Safety

As most adults and educators know, a small child can accidentally drown in as little as a few inches of water. This means that supervision during water play is key! It may seem unnecessary to monitor your students while they’re participating in water play in the classroom, but it’s not. You should always be aware of how many kids are playing at the water table and with what materials. Remind them that only their hands should be in the water and never to place their face, mouth, or head near the water.

If you have any equipment in or around your facility that has the potential of collecting standing water, you need to ensure that the water is emptied immediately. Standing water is not only unsanitary but it’s a drowning hazard. Talk to your students about visiting the beach or pools over the summer. Encourage them to wear a life jacket or other safety device. You can even bring in some vests for them to try on! Talk about only swimming when an adult is present and to be careful about pools that are not fenced in and rip tides at the beach.

Skin Protection

Discussing skin protection with kids is pretty easy and fun! With so many new forms of sunscreen including the spray variety or even foaming sunscreen, kids actually enjoy applying it. It’s also a great way for them to flex their independent muscles. And what kid doesn’t love accessories? Talk to students about wear fun hats and sunglasses to help protect them from the sun’s rays. Apply sunscreen before taking the children outdoors. You can either ask parents to provide it or purchase sunscreen for the classroom. Just be sure to check if any students have skin allergies or irritations.

Have a Fun, Safe Summer

Students (and teachers) are already itching for school to end and for summer to get under way. But it’s important to not allow excitement to cloud our better judgement or negate basic, safety practices. Help students remember these safety rules using songs, demonstrations, projects, and everyday practices.

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