On the Safe Side/Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World: Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips for Grade-School Children

Copyright © 1999 by Paula Statman. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the author and the publisher, Piccolo Press Publishers.

Note: In 1999, On the Safe Side was updated and published under the new title, "Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World"

Teaching Tips

  • Grade-school children are beginning to develop the ability to solve problems. Create 'What if . . . ?" situations and encourage them to think out loud with you. You'll quickly learn how well they can use critical thinking and good judgment.
  • Design safety exercises that include the following steps:
    1. Define the problem.
    2. Develop alternative solutions.
    3. Choose the best solution.
  • Use a variety of materials and activities. Repetition with grade-schoolers must be balanced with interesting and new approaches.
  • Use relevant examples to introduce new information. Situations or events that they can apply to themselves are the most effective.
  • Help them imagine themselves acting safely. Mental pictures of themselves handling safety situations effectively are easier to remember than safety facts and information.

Sample "What If...?" Questions

  • What would you do if I were late picking you up?
  • What would you do if someone tried to touch your private parts?
  • What would you do if you got separated from me at the store?
  • What would you do if someone came to the door with a big box and said they had a present for you?
  • What would you do if someone told you they knew your family's code word but had forgotten it?
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