OCTOBER – Word of the Month
04 Oct 2017
“THINK. DO IT THE SAFE WAY, DO IT THE RIGHT WAY, DO IT EVERY DAY.” – UNKNOWN
KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE MEANS MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS.
PERSONAL SAFETY means to PROTECT YOURSELF from DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. When you make decisions about your personal safety there are some SAFETY STEPS that you should follow.
• You must be able to say “no” with your words and be firm with your voice when saying it.
• Let your BODY LANGUAGE show that you mean “no”.
• Make EYE CONTACT with the person you are speaking to.
• Leave the situation and go to a SAFE PLACE
• Tell an adult that you trust right away. Personal safety means to make the right decisions to keep yourself safe in all situations. Think about what you are doing and if it is the right thing to keep you safe.
Ask Your Children:
1. Why is it important to think about keepingyourself safe at all times?
2. What is an example of being safe at home? At school? In martial arts practice?
3. What does personal safety mean to you?
“AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE GOALS ARE SIMPLE: SAFETY AND SECURIT SAFETY IS AS SIMPLE AS A-B-C; ALWAYS BE CAREFUL.” – UNKNOWN –
Personal safety includes staying safe while you are at home. Some children have parents that work beyond the time they get home fromschool, and it is important to know how to stay safe while your parents are away.
Here are some tips if you are home alone:
• Never tell anyone you are home alone.
• Before entering your home, be sure thatthe house looks as it was left, all doors
and windows are shut and locked before entering. If you notice a door or window open, go to a safe place and call for help.
• Lock the door behind you. Keep all door locked at all times.
• Call your parents when you arrive home from school or practice.
• Do not open the doors to your house to anyone who comes and knocks or rings the doorbell unless they are a trusted family member, family friend or relative.
Ask Your Children:
1. Why should you never tell someone you are home alone?
2. Why is it important to keep the hous secure by locking all doors?
3. Should you leave your house without telling your parents and without permission?
“SAFETY STARTS WITH KNOWING THAT YOUR INTUITION ABOUT PEOPLE IS A BRILLIANT GUARDIAN.” – GAVIN DE BECKER –
WHAT IS A STRANGER?
Every day you see people that are strangers in stores, at the park, at school, in your neighborhood and even at martial arts practice. Most strangers can be nice, normal people, but there are many that are not. A stranger is anyone that you or your family does not know well or
does not know at all. Who are SAFE STRANGERS? Safe strangers are police officers, firefighters,
teachers and principals.
Here are some basic rules of STRANGER DANGER:
• Never accept gifts or food/candy/sweets from a stranger
• Never get in a car with a stranger
• Never go anywhere with a stranger
• Never talk to strangers.
Ask Your Children:
1. Can you tell if a stranger is a nice person or a mean person?
2. What should you do if you are approached by a stranger?
3. Why should you never go anywhere with a stranger?
“ALWAYS TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS, THEY ARE MESSAGES FROM YOUR SOUL.” – UNKNOWN –
Your GUT INSTINCT is generally pretty accurate. Listen to all of the warning signs you feel insid of yourself. There may be a time that someon will ask you to do something for them or with them. I might be someone that you have met a few times or not at all. They might even ask you to say okay and help them. You will have to make the decision of whether or not to help them. Listening to your senses and your feeling is called trusting your instincts. Most of the time your senses and feelings will let you know that it is okay and that it is safe. Trusting your instincts is a very important safety tool. If your belly or your heart does not feel right, or maybe feels “sick” then you are probably unsafe. It is important to learn how your body feels and reacts to situations because most of the time it is correct. You have these safety features built in from learning them in school, with family and even in martial arts. Sometimes you feel uncomfortable in a situation and it makes your body feel very unsure, you should seek help from an adult and leave the situation.
Ask Your Children:
1. What is a gut feeling?
2. How does listening to your instincts help you and your personal safety?
3. Can you think of a time that your gut instincts helped you in a situation?
Dear parents and/or guardians…
PERSONAL SAFETY IS THE AVOIDANCE OF AND
FREEDOM FROM PHYSICA HARM, AND THREAT. TEACH YOUR CHILD ABOUT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS ASSERTIVENESS, AND “STRANGER DANGER” BEHAVIOR.
This month we are learning abou personal safety. Personal safety is super important for children to learn about and understand. Personal safety includes stranger danger, recognizing dangerous
situations, and how to be safe in your home or out on the streets. There is a wide range of personal SAFETY TACTICS children can learn about to keep them safe while growing and maturing in the world we live in today.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
• Always know where your children are. Be sure you make it a rule your children must ask your permission before going anywhere. Make sureyour children have your work, hom and cell phone numbers with them so they can reach you at all times.
• Show your children where safe places are for them to be able to play, safe places to walk and ride
bikes, and safe places to go if the find themselves in trouble.
• Help your children learn how to trust their own instincts. If they ever feel uncomfortable or scared, then they should get out of that situation as fast as possible and tell an adult. Always reassure your children that you will help them.
• Teach ASSERTIVENESS to your children. Be sure they know it is okay to say “no” to an adult. Reassure them it is okay to also run away from adults if the situation is dangerous or if th adult is a stranger.
• There is always safety in numbers, so encourage your children to play i groups with other children.
• Help teach your children to recognize safe strangers by pointing them out.