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What Can Parents Do to Keep Kids Safe at School?

Mr. Atul Mahajan who is director of one of north India’s biggest security guard company Miraz Securitas Pvt Ltd shares how parents can keep their children safe at school.

When we send our children away from our personal care where we are not physically present, fear and worry are a common emotion for every parent, This becomes intense when parents have kids in an early stage of schooling. Though most schools are taking several measures to safeguard the students, still, we hear news of bully and sexual abuse in school premises and in the school bus.

While parents can’t be there in person to be sure their children are safe, every parent can enhance the kid’s safety in school by following certain important kid’s security steps. Today in this blog, Mr. Atul Mahajan who is director of one of north India’s biggest security guard company Miraz Securitas Pvt Ltd shares how parents can keep their children safe at school.

1. Encourage kids to talk about their school experience

Keeping the lines of communication open with your children is an important step in being involved in your child’s schoolwork, friends, and activities. Communicating with your child does not necessarily mean one asks a set of common questions repeatedly every day instead ask open-ended questions and use phrases such as “Tell me more” and “What do you think?” Phrases like these show your children that you are listening and that you want to hear more about their opinions, ideas, and how they view the world. This also gives way to them sharing freely with no inhibitions whatsoever.

Initiate important discussions with your children—about if anything made them upset, anything that was confusing anything that they fear or if someone touched them. Sometimes kindergarten kids become imaginative and they may tell you an imaginative story but never ignore what they say, you may not jump to conclusions and attack but you can always investigate and talk to their teacher to be vigilant.

2. Know the Warning Signs

Always be observant of your child’s behaviour at home. It may sound obvious but in reality, many parents today find it difficult to put attention to their kid regularly due to their professional and social demands and they take the break by switching on TV time than the time with kids.

When parents are observant of their small kids, they will identify what is their son or daughter’s normal behaviour. Any small change in their behaviour is an early warning for parents that something is troubling the child.

Sudden changes—from subtle to dramatic—should alert parents to potential problems. These could include withdrawal from friends, a decline in grades, abruptly quitting sports or clubs the child had previously enjoyed, sleep disruptions, eating problems, evasiveness, lying, and chronic physical complaints (stomach ache or headaches). Know your child well and know the early warning signs

3. Stay Involved in Your Child’s School

Get to know your child’s teachers and help them get to know you and your child. Communicate with your child’s teachers throughout the school year, not just when problems arise. Stay informed of school events, class projects, and homework assignments. Attend all parent orientation activities and parent-teacher meets. Volunteer to assist with school functions and join your local PTA. Help your children seek a balance between schoolwork and outside activities.

4. Learn School’s policies for handling emergencies

Find out about the school’s policies for discipline and procedures for handling emergencies such as fire, evacuations, earthquake, injuries and illness, or other dangers that might face students at the school. Teach your child about the emergency drills at home too so the kids don’t forget them. Teach them about helping others while taking care of themselves first.

5. Set Clear Rules for Your Children

Children need clearly defined rules to know what is expected of them in emergency situations. For example, teach them not to speak to strangers and never take anything from strangers. Tell them that criminals may not always look scary and ugly (unlike it is shown in cartoons and storybooks), if they sense danger they should scream at top of their voice and make as much struggle and resistance as possible so they can grab the attention from those around.

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