Many of our classes are commencing the Daniel
Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum in the coming
weeks. The three main safety messages are
Recognise, React and Report. I encourage you,
wherever possible, to talk with your child about
safety to help them stay safe now and in the future.
Recognise is about being aware of your
environment. When we recognise that there might
be a safety problem, we can take steps to move
away or reduce the risk or develop strategies that
can help keep us safe. Strategies could include:
going to a highly visible pre-determined meeting spot; writing your phone number
on a card and placing it in your child’s pocket; identifying who your child could
approach if they become lost, e.g. police, staff at a booth.
When children recognise that they are in an unsafe situation, we encourage them
to think about what they could do to be safe again. Please take the time to talk with
your children about what they have been learning about safety and, in particular,
the ways they could react if they are unsafe to make themselves safe again.
Talking with your child about ways to stay safe will help them to develop life-long
This means that when children or young people have been in a situation that is
unsafe that they are taught to report what has happened to an adult. Adults need
to know about unsafe situations so that some action can be taken to help the child
be safe again or ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Report also includes telling an adult about unsafe or inappropriate incidents which
may occur when children or young people are online. This might occur when
surfing the net or using social media sites like Facebook and can include
cyberbullying, viewing or receiving inappropriate images or messages or
communicating with unknown contacts.
It is important as parents and educators that we give our children the skills to keep
safe and the confidence to tell someone if they don’t feel safe.