Imagine sending your kid to school with a cute SpongeBob face mask and they come back with a Spiderman face mask because they traded with their best friend during lunch LOL!!!
As a parent, one of the biggest challenges you are managing right now is how to let your kid safely be a kid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And with kids all set for back to school, you are facing a new, stressful question: Is it safe to send my kid back to school?
As you prepare to send your kid back to the classroom, be sure to reinforce the everyday COVID-19 precautions he or she will need to keep in mind, as well as what make these precautions so effective.
Here are important safety precautions to teach children:
1. Social distancing; Reduce close contact between people, limiting his or her risk of getting sick via the infectious respiratory droplets a person with COVID-19 releases nearby while breathing, talking or coughing. You should also remind your kids not to share food, drinks, or anything, for that matter, with their friends. It’s just not safe.
2. Wearing a mask: It helps contain any potentially infectious respiratory droplets that may be released while breathing, talking or coughing, especially when social distancing is more challenging and even if the person doesn’t yet know they’re sick.
3. Hand washing: Teaching your children how to wash their hands properly with soap and water is a really simple, yet effective way, to help keep them safe. The best way to get your little ones to do this is by making hand washing more exciting.
4. Other safety measures: they should cough into their elbows, no face touching, and other important safety precautions.
5. Lead by example: A little can go a long way when it comes to teaching and reinforcing basic measures that can help protect your kids. Children learn from the adults around them. By making a habit of regularly washing your own hands, avoiding people who are coughing and sneezing, and throwing away tissues after using them, your little ones will be more likely to practice what you teach them.
Remember, behavior change takes time, practice, and patience. No one learns new routines overnight, so allow your children some time to change and pack your patience. If your child is very young, social stories can be used to teach new skills using plain language and visuals.
9ijakids in collaboration with theSafetyChic has designed a safety game as part of school reopening readiness.
It’s a fun and engaging game to equip children with the knowledge of Safety requirements – handwashing, social distancing, mask use, and other related areas.
Click this link to play https://9ijakids.com/safety-checkup-game/
Don’t send your child to school without empowering them to stay safe!!!