Back to school – remember safety and health

Children should remain vigilant at all times. If a child walks to and from school, he or she should try to do so in a group, and never walk through secluded areas.

If someone is behaving suspiciously, get away from the person immediately and report the incident. Ensure that valuables such as cellular phones and other electronic devices are not visible. Do not jaywalk. When crossing a road, do so where it is allowed but ensure that it is safe to do so. A child should never accept or ask a stranger for a lift.

For those who are dropped off and picked up from school, parents or others responsible for doing so should ensure this is done safely. If the area around the school is busy, be patient. Be careful of other vehicles in the area and children who are walking past. Children must be appropriately restrained in a vehicle. Parents or guardians should ensure that lift clubs or any other form of transport that is organised for children is safe. Know who is transporting the child. Children who feel unsafe in these vehicles should report it to their parents or guardians.

Read Need to know: drinking and driving

Children and parents should have a close relationship and build trust. If a child decides to go somewhere after school or spend time with friends, they should always ask or let parents know where they are going and what time they are expected back.

As long as we feel fine we do not have to worry right? Wrong. The earlier you take care of your health, the better.

Just a few small changes to your child’s lunch box and daily routine can make a world of difference, according to ER24.

Below are some tips:

  •  Lead a balanced lifestyle. A balanced lifestyle means healthy eating, getting enough rest and sleep, exercise and reducing stress.
  •  A healthy eating plan can prevent certain illnesses as well as help improve your energy. You should include fruits and vegetables in your eating plan as they are full of antioxidants and vitamins. Cut down on fatty foods, salt and sugar.
  •  Refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs.
  •  It is vital that you get enough rest and sleep. Give yourself enough time to study instead of pushing too hard at the last minute. Rather give yourself enough time to understand and ask someone for help with problems you are encountering.
  •  Get involved in sporting activities.
  •  Do not expose yourself to too much sunlight. Exposing your skin to the sun’s rays for a long period of time increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
  •  If you are a victim of bullying, or any other form of abuse at home or school, or struggling to cope mentally, report or seek the help of a trusted person such as a parent, counsellor, teacher or principal.

Details: media@er24.co.za

*Article first published in 2016

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