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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.

The following action plan ideas are provided to help with addressing the topic of personal safety and injury prevention at school. Include a selection of activities from each of the five sections below, or brainstorm ideas of your own:

  • Raise awareness among parents/caregivers and staff about the importance of role-modeling appropriate safety practices (e.g. wearing a helmet and following traffic signals when riding a bike, not using cell-phones while driving, etc.).
  • Create opportunities for peer-to-peer teaching about topics such as: bullying, texting, concussions, sun safety.
  • Consider additional peer mentoring strategies to promote school connectedness.
  • Provide education and encourage proper use of safety equipment for all sports.
  • Engage students in planning and organizing activities for Bullying Awareness and Prevention week (November), or Safe Kids Week (early May).
  • Educate students about emergency preparedness and engage them in safety planning for home or school. E.g. help students design a fire safety plan for their classroom or home.
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  • Sun and Ultraviolet Radiation – The Canadian Cancer Society’s website contains credible background information on sun safety topics such as indoor tanning, the UV index, preventing skin cancer, vitamin D supplements and more.

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