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Personal Safety and Injury Prevention in Schools

Promoting personal safety and injury prevention in schools

Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of hospitalization and death for school aged children. Supervision, setting rules and recognizing children’s developmental stages are key to reducing common school injuries.

Intentional injuries, such as self-harm and suicide, are the number one cause of death for 10-to-19-year old’s, in Simcoe Muskoka. Schools are an ideal place for positive mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

Use the sample activities below to help incorporate personal safety and injury prevention into your school action plan and/or engage students, staff, families and community partners to come up with ideas of your own:

We have compiled a list of lesson plans, curriculum supports, health unit programs and additional resources to assist educators in teaching about this topic. Find them by clicking on the links below:

  • Raise awareness among parents/caregivers and staff about the importance of role-modeling (e.g. wearing a helmet and following traffic signals when riding a bike, not using cell-phones while driving, showing respect and empathy toward others, etc.).
  • Create opportunities for peer-to-peer teaching about topics such as: bullying, road safety, concussions, sun safety.
  • Offer peer mentoring strategies to promote school connectedness../li>
  • Provide education and encourage proper use of safety equipment for all sports.
  • Offer a parent education night to teach strategies for supporting youth with healthy decision-making.
  • Organize assemblies on cyber-bullying and cyber- awareness/digital/media literacy.
  • Solicit local bike shops for helmet fitting or helmet donations; hold a bike rodeo partnered with community partners (e.g. police).
  • Take part in the Swim to Survive program (Gr. 3).
  • Organize R.A.C.E. Against Drugs (Simcoe County – Gr. 5 and Muskoka – Gr. 4/5).
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