Keeping Safe

​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. 

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Recognise 

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. 

React 

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 safety skills. 

Report 

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. 

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