Education literally starts at home; parents and carers are the first educators. More research is affirming the importance of what a child experiences from birth to 5 years on the quality of life of the adult person in relation to physical and psychological health. The stress coping mechanisms that are taught in early life will be taken with the child into their adult years, as well as the coping mechanisms, eating habits and personality traits.
It can be hard to determine what to teach your children directly (and when) and what to leave to formal education. In this category we will review and focus on topics that impact on children’s safety, health and development.
We will focus on the following areas:
- Sex Education
- Outdoor Activities (swimming, bike riding, etc)
- Building Imagination
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- 8 Reasons NOT To Call Your Child’s Genitals ‘Pet’ Names - I implore parents and care-givers to use the correct anatomical terms for a child’s genitals. Mini, cupcake, fireman’s hose, buddy, doughnut, muffin, doodle, wee, butterly, flower, pee-pee, fanny, doo-dad, thingy, peanut, winky, penny-loo, tuppence, doodle, dick, rah, winky-dink, hooha, pooter, sausage, cookie, girls bits, mickey, twah-lah, front bottom, willy… As an advocate for Body Safety […]
- Walking on egg shells- the reality of raising a sensory defensive child - Children receive information through their senses (sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste, movement and body position) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s the brains job to sort out all of these messages and create an appropriate response to them. This is called Sensory Integration and it is the foundation for all childhood development, […]
- Child Safety on the Internet - We have had quiet a few questions on safe internet use for children recently, so thought we should do some research and develop a fact-sheet on tips for ensuring your child is safe on the internet. The internet is an amazing resource for children and should not be banned due to the potential for unsafe […]
- Water Safety Basics at Home - Water safety skills and learning to swim are life saving skills, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death to children and can occur quickly and silently in the bathtub, swimming pool or even a laundry bucket. You can minimize the drowning hazards for toddlers and children in your home, here are our […]
- Coroner Recommends Mandatory Swimming Lessons in Primary Schools - Australian Coroner Caitlin English released findings this week recommending the Victorian state government implement mandatory swimming lessons in primary schools after the drowning death of a nine year old Bailey Patman on January 19, 2012. Bailey Patman was found lying face down in the water at Seaford Beach after splashing about in the […]
- Bicycle Helmet Saves Toddler- Helmet Breaks into 10 Pieces - Shown above is an amazing picture of the bicycle helmet of an Australian boy, James, that was involved in an accident recently. According to the Herald Sun in Victoria “James was riding his scooter on the footpath with his mother Stephanie, on their daily midday run to collect his sister from kindergarten around the corner, […]
- What Health and Safety Information Can You Trust on the Internet? - As parents we are always bombarded by things we should and should not do with our children and family. Whether from friends, family, strangers, and more recently the internet. The internet in particular is a tricky one as anyone can start a site and make statements that may or may not be factual in nature, […]
- New Wireless Device Alerts You If Someone Unbuckles Their Seatbelt - When driving your children around it can be very hard to ensure that they keep their seatbelts on at all times, especially in the back seat. Some cars have a warning system to identify if someone is seating in a seat without a seatbelt on, but for backseats this safety device is quite uncommon. Luckily […]
- How Can Online Education Help My Child and My Family? - Online Education via the internet has been a significantly growing field over the last decade, and has been moving from a “Nice to Have” for university students, to an essential part of any education from age 5 to 105. There was a great op-ed recently from Bill Gates (who The Safety Edcuator definitely admire much […]
- When Should My Children Learn to Read and Write? - I recently wanted to find out what the experts recommend in relation to when should my children learn to read and write, and what is the best process to teach this. It was surprisingly hard to find a reputable source for this information, but eventually I found the US Department of Education and their document […]