Why Safety is Important ?
The modern world is not the safest place to be anymore. Human beings are turning more and more selfish and are influenced with greed for money or other pleasures that they forget their moral values and act against their conscience into committing some serious crimes. Be it the constantly fluctuating market status and joblessness leading to crimes that lead to extortion or kidnapping or be it an ill urge from within to satisfy abnormal needs, the crimes that occur towards our innocent citizens of the society I.e. our kids, are plenty. Every year thousands of children are declared as victims to crimes like kidnapping, violent attacks or abuse. Children from preschool level until their teens are prone to these crimes and are easy victims to the same.
As a step towards taking stringent action against such unacceptable anti-social activities borne by our innocent fellow human beings there have been attempts made to fabricate a safety lesson plan against strangers that educates the children well about the potential dangers of the society. The goal of this lesson is to make the kids realize as to who are the strangers that they should be cautious of and who are the others whom they can trust. By means of stating real life or fabricated stories that give important lessons on the kind of people they should be alarmed about and the kind of harm that they can cause them and finally what steps can the child take to avoid or self-protect in such circumstances. These lessons may also include interactive sections that include playing games in the classroom, playing a game online, and role playing or taking a quiz.
Organizing discussions in classrooms about these recurrent crimes and if they are aware of them can pose extremely helpful for them in some instance of their lives. You could start off by asking the students to define who a stranger is. Make it clear to them on what basis is a stranger different from other people in their lives. Read them a book related to such instances and follow it up by asking them questions as to what conclusions have they embarked upon at the end of the story. Try naming different people in their lives and quiz them to categorize spontaneously as strangers and non-strangers making them extremely clear on the concept that non-strangers are the only ones who can be trusted. Some questions may be tricky here because certain names of people the children see very often visiting their homes can appear but yet they might not necessarily be the people whom you can trust.
Safety Lesson Plans :
There are many safety lesson plans available online. One amongst them is called The Little Red Riding Hood Activity. This safety lesson plan is based on this classic fairytale that never fails to impress the young ones. The aim of this lesson is to teach preschool kids about abductions and kidnaps. The kids are given an opportunity to re-tell the story and add inputs of their own suggestions to ensure little red riding hood’s personal safety. Integrating Standards Web Site is yet another lesson plan that is designed especially for children with physical disabilities. It includes strategies that can be applied by these children in such risky situations to avoid being abducted or being abused by strangers. The program includes suggestions for students who are verbally challenged to use specific methods of indicating a want for help or assistance. Another lesson plan called safe surfing for kids is adopted to help realize children the kind of predators who practice their irresistible charms online and attract them and gain their trust gradually to satisfy or execute their evil plans.
A few general pointers for children to remember to be on the safer side would be to stick to their parents whenever they are outdoors and if they are approached by strangers all of a sudden they must run up to their mom and dad and let them handle the situation no matter what the intentions of the stranger are. Children and their parents can device a secret code word with the use of which the child can easily identify if a stranger or someone they are not too close to who lands up at school and claims to have come to pick up the child is genuine or not. Also children must always be reminded to take a note or remember their home address, phone number and names of both mom and dad and their cell phones numbers, if any.