School shooting incidences is an actual disaster and tragedy which are on the increase in the recent past and this is a worrying trend for all the parents. Just as most adults would show panic in such situations, children would be even more scared. Studies show there is a need to slowly prepare them about possible life altering moments if we can.
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Though it’s totally hard to predict such horrible events, it is good to be prepared. The following are tips on preparing your children and family for a incident in or out of the home.
Talk to your child about their fears.
Good parenting involves talking to your children about their actual fears in life. Although as parents we may be hesitant to discuss issues about violence, guns, etc; it is better that you children hear this conversation from you than their friends. It may be uncomfortable at first, but they will eventually listen. Tips: Always use a soft language and avoid expressing your actual feeling (for or against guns for example) on the situations. Ask them if they have questions about anything. This will help ease the conversation and option dialog for you to continue to ease their concerns.
Teach your child confidence boosting skills.
Parents and guardians as much as we talk with our children to boost their confidence, it is also vitally important to take them through practical lessons. For instance, If you child is at a certain age think of enrolling them in programs like self-defense or Karate classes to boost their confidence and teach them about safety. These sorts of classes will help your child learn vital life saving techniques.
Discuss safety areas and trusted emergency contacts
As a parent it is important to discuss with your children about the people to trust in any emergency. Often times kids turn to their teachers and school resources. This is a great time to talk to them about people in the neighborhood, family and friends they can talk with and that you as their parents trust. In the event they are unable to reach you, who should they call? Are these numbers programmed in their devices or written in a contact list in their backpack? The most important element is to make sure they know they have responsible adults they can count on.
Tips for Parents
- Find out if your child’s school has an emergency plan in place. Does it include security cameras, locking systems, etc) Talk with your child’s school to ensure that this plan exists. If it doesn’t, than guess what? This is a perfect opportunity for you to work with your schools district to ensure the plan happens soon.
- Emergency preparedness Have a family safety plan – As a family it his good to have a safety plan that your entire family is familiar with in case of an emergency in and outside of the home. If you have little ones, the safety plan should teach them how to exploit the environment to look for hide out places. Playing hide and seek will help them to see hideouts with ease which improves their safety. Find out more about creating your own family safety plan
No one expects a tragedy or disaster, but not being prepared is one of the greatest tragedies.