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Safety

There is no way to create a perfectly safe, child-proof world. As she grows, your child will become more independent and will need to learn to keep herself safe. Teach her risk-assessment skills to help her avoid dangerous situations. Keep safety rules and expectations clear and consistent.
  • Insist that your child always wear a helmet when biking, rollerblading, or skateboarding. Do the same yourself.
  • Protect your child's teeth during sports with a mouth guard.
  • Talk to your child about risks and how he can make choices to steer clear of danger.
  • Many serious home accidents can be prevented. Find out how to make your house a safe place for school-aged children.
  • Introduce strategies to help your children deal with bullies and protect themselves from abuse.
  • Remember to keep danger and safety in perspective. Your child needs opportunities to practice independence, assess risks, and make safe decisions.

Concussions

Getting a concussion during childhood can temporarily interfere with the way the brain works and interrupt the development of critical cognitive and communication skills.  One way to reduce the incidence of childhood concussions is by raising awareness among parents, coaches, children and youth participating in sports.  For more information on concussion prevention, visit Parachute Canada (formerly Safe Kids Canada) and HealthLink BC.