A few days ago I had this discussion with a friend about toys we used to play with as kids. I realized that even if I did have toys as a child, these were mostly Barbies and video games. Haha. What a weird combination I know. My point is I never really got into the whole stuffed animal thing, mainly because my little sister was always allergic to anything and everything!!! Hehe.
Because of that, I try to make sure to be careful about the toys I let my kids play with in school. Not only that, I try very hard to keep it clean, sanitary and hygienic. Here are some things I do to make sure I can keep the kids as safe as possible:
- Plush/stuffed animals or toys are only allowed in school during show and tell days
- Toys are stored in covered containers so as to avoid any creepy crawlies leaving germs behind
- Weekly clean-ups and disinfecting sessions for the toys
- After play, I make sure the kids wash their hands thoroughly
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One of the kids’ favorite activities EVER are field trips. I don’t think this ever goes away…even my college kids ask me to take them on little field trips all the time! However, for the teachers, field trips can be a logistical nightmare. Sometimes it can get difficult to iron out the kinks of any trip, but somehow it always works out. Some tips to keep in mind, however are as follows:
- Make sure all teachers are given copies of all lists needed (bus assignments, special considerations, etc.). That way everyone is on the same page.
- Keep a list of parents numbers handy, just in case of emergency
- Stock up the first aid kit. Be ready for anything.
- Bring extra water, clothes, barf bags, cleaning aides and the like. With kids, anything can go wrong at any moment!
- Check on the policies of the places you are visiting, so you can prepare for these. For example, if you do a theater activity, do note that snacks are not allowed, therefore the kids, their nannies and parents should be reminded to leave these in the bus instead, especially since checking them in to the counter can take a long time.
- Try to get travel and0 emergency insurance quotes included in your tour packages, even if this may up the rates a little bit. It’s better to be prepared than to be sorry, right?
A few months ago, I wrote an article about keeping kids safe online. Entitled “A Keystroke Away from Danger“, the article talked about the many, many dangers lurking online, especially for children. From cyberbullying to falling prey to sexual offenders, children and adolescents, and even some adults, may find themselves in the throes of danger if they are not careful. This is why, as a teacher, I make sure to highlight the importance of being vigilant and aware about the potential risks and dangers modern technology post. For example, when I talk to my little preschoolers (yes, they do know how to use the internet! and believe it or not, some of them even have their own Facebook pages), I tell them to stay only on the sites that their parents allow them to be on and to not just simply follow those pop-up ads or links that say “click here“.
I think the most important part of internet safety is being educated about it. In this day and age, there’s really no going around the fact that modern technology and the World Wide Web. It will and always be an integral part of our lives so all we can do is arm ourselves with the know-how to navigate safely in this world.Read More
Last March, my brother met a tricycle accident on his way home from school. He had come from rehearsing their class play. As is customary for many high school students here in the Philippines, he commuted home. He had done it countless times in the past, so we never imagined anything could come out of it.
At 7:40 that evening, just when I was getting ready for a massage, my mother called me up. With a panicky voice, she asked me to rush to the nearby hospital with some cash because my brother had gotten in an accident. All she said was that the tricycle he was riding had figured in a vehicular accident. I had no idea what to expect or how bad it was.
When I got to the hospital, I immediately heard my brother’s cries of pain. He had not yet been given any pain killers because they had no consent yet, and he was a minor. Upon walking into the curtained area, I saw him lying there, his face and clothing covered in a lot of blood. In his forehead was a large gash, several inches long. His forehead was protruded and his eyes seemed shrunken in to his head because of the swelling.
Thankfully, despite the bad way he looked, he didn’t suffer a concussion or have any major fractures. All he needed were 7 stitches and a lot of pain killers.
When the school found out about the accident, they immediately went to check on him and supported him in many ways. The accident happened a few days before final exams and he was quite worried about how this will affect his grades. They gave him accommodations to complete his requirements and he finished the school year with no problems. The school doctor even gave us a form from the insurance company. Apparently their school had provisions for coverage in case of accidents, and since he was coming home from school when the accident happened, he was eligible for a claim.
It was nice to know that there are such provisions that attend to such accidents. I always thought coverage by insurancespecialists would end when you step outside the school premises. I guess keeping school kids safe should really not be limited to class hours only. Besides the normal provisions needed to keep kids safe, it is important to make sure all efforts for your students safety must be explored.Read More