For Parents - QUICK LINKS

 ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION

http://rsc.wa.gov.au/Road-Safety-Topics/Road-Issues/Distractions

DISTRACTIONS

Getting distracted doesn’t take much. A chatting passenger or a good song can easily divert your attention from the task of driving safely. As our dependency on technology increases, so does the temptation to participate in distracting activities.


It’s no secret that driver distraction contributes significantly to serious road crashes.  Driving is a complex task, and to anticipate and avoid hazards on the road, you need to concentrate and give it your full attention.

DID YOU KNOW: Between 15-20% of all distractions appear to involve driver interaction with technology.

 

Statistics & Effects of Distractions on Driving

It has been estimated that distraction played a role in 32% of all road crash deaths and serious injuries in Western Australia between 2005 and 2007.

Approximately one third of all distractions appear to be outside-the-vehicle distractions.

Distraction appears to be largely associated with rear-end crashes, same travel-way or same direction crashes, single vehicle crashes, and crashes occurring at night.

CRUNCH AND SIP

 Crunch & Sip - www.crunchandsip.com.au

THE ROTTEN APPLE SYNDROME

As parents we are only too familiar with the rotten apple or worse the mouldy orange that hides at the bottom of the school bag waiting to be discovered at the end of term.

Diligently we send our little darlings off to school every day with a piece of fruit only to be discouraged when it comes home again a little bruised and battered. Ever hopeful we do the same thing day after day. This is what Einstein defined as insanity:

"Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!"

Many parents have been saved from this dreadful fate by the innovative Crunch&Sip program.

Helen Marshall, mother of Molly (7 years) said "I know that Molly will be eating at least one piece of fruit thanks to Crunch&Sip. The fruit always gets eaten. It never comes home again in her lunchbox."

The Crunch&Sip break is not only a time to introduce children to fresh fruit and vegies it is also an opportunity to encourage the habit of drinking water. Research indicates that children rarely drink enough water and often forget to drink unless reminded.

Don't forget to pack Crunch&Sip in the school bag every day.

CRUNCH:

Easy-to-eat seasonal fruit such as a small apple, a container with hulled strawberries, a mandarin or banana

OR

Canned fruit in natural juice with a spoon

OR

Vegetables such as carrot or celery sticks, cherry tomatoes or snow peas

AND SIP:

A clean, clear water bottle filled with plain water

Kids Safe

Kids Safe WA - www.kidsafewa.com.au

Playing outside is not just about letting off steam. It is a vital part of childhood that helps children develop physical strength, coordination and balance. It can also provide opportunities for children to learn and develop:

  • Social Skills - when they play with other children they learn to communicate, share, collaborate and empathise with others.
  • Imagination and creativity - outside play is often open-ended and children need to be creative about what and how games are played.
  • Thinking and problem solving skills - as children assess risks and tackle new challenges they learn about having a go, persistence and perseverance and the success those attributes can bring.
  • Sense of self - as they master new skills and play with other children they improve their competence and confidence in their own physical and social abilities.
  • Sense of connection - to place, to peers and to their local community and environment.
  • Self care skills - managing physical and social challenges helps children to learn about keeping themselves safe.

To support these broad learning outcomes, play spaces should include areas for active, free, quiet, social, imaginative, creative, exploratory and natural play. By inviting children to use their own initiative, explore possibilities and take chances we can provide them with opportunities to learn. Remember your own childhood - where was your favourite place to play? 

Kids Safe, games / information and fun activities.

Kids Safe Safety Island - www.kidsafewa.com.au/safetyisland

Welcome to Safety Island, the new Kidsafe WA interactive website just for kids.

We have a lot of fantastic activities for children in Kindergarten to Year 7 that can be done at school or at home – why not get your teacher, Mum or Dad involved?

 

You will need to have Flash player to use this website.

School Drug Education & Road Aware

SDERA - www.sdera.org.au

SDERA - www.ors.wa.gov.au/Road-Safety-Topics/Road-Issues/Seat-Belts

Early Learning

Research shows that child health, early childhood education and family support programs can make a significant difference to improving outcomes for children. There is growing acknowledgment in the education sector that learning in the early years has a profound impact on the life of a child. We also now know that significant learning and brain growth occurs during infancy and the early years.

SDERA’s early childhood programs and resources offer age appropriate content and create an interactive and engaging way of learning for young children. Being healthy and safe in the early years includes learning how to cross a road safely and wearing a restraint when travelling in a car, knowing that there are poisonous substances in most homes and that medications should only be taken from a trusted adult, along with building the social and emotional skills that underpin a child’s resilience.

Parents and caregivers can be positive role models and can influence the attitudes and behaviours of children in their care. Resources are available to support parents and caregivers educating children about drugs and road safety, and building the skills that children need to be resilient and able to deal with different problems and situations in their life.

Primary

The primary years of school establish many practices which see children through to their adult lives. Resiliency is a key to good decision making and underpins the teaching of road safety education and drug education. Challenges and Choices is the main resource for primary aged students and can be used as a stand alone in-classroom resource, or as a supported professional package. Safer Kids workshops for teachers unpacks the resource. Each module in the resource has age appropriate activities and learning outcomes. Challenges and Choices supports the Australian Curriculum and is divided into thee subjects of resilience, road safety and drug education. 

a) resilience

Social and emotional competence is fundamental to developing resilient young people who can make decisions about the health and safety of themselves and others. Resilience goes beyond bullying prevention, social media behaviours and bouncing back from disappointment. It generates emotional intelligence, positive mental health and responsible actions. 

b) drug and alcohol education

Drug and Alcohol Education in the Primary years is important to establish good knowledge around health and wellbeing. Subjects such as caffeine and energy drinks are very interesting to children who may not be aware of the impact they have on sleep and concentration. Many primary children are also familiar with asthma medications, paracetamol, Ritalin and many other substances they may find in their home. Awareness of drugs and alcohol are presented in an age appropriate way to encourage healthy decision making.

c) road safety

Road safety is a whole of life skill which starts with learning how to cross the road safely, ride a bike or scooter and being a safe passenger. By the time a primary aged child enters high school, they should have a solid understanding of road rules, traffic safety and how to remain safe in car parks. This knowledge stand them in good stead to be safe and responsible drivers as they embark on a life behind the wheel.

 

Child Car Restraints

Child car restraints - www.childcarrestraints.com.au

Birth - 6 months

  • Rearward facing restraint, capsule or rearward facing convertible restraint

6 months - 4 years

  • Rearward facing restraint
  • Forward facing restraint with a five point internal harness forward facing convertible restraint with a five point internal harness, or a combination restraint used with a five point internal harness.

4 - 7 years

  • Forward facing restraint
  • Booster seat with a lap sash seat belt or h-harness
  • Combination restraint used in a booster seat mode

The Australian Standard for Child Car Restraints AS/NZS 1754:2010 is based on a child's age and height, this has changed from earlier Standards which included weight. When using a restraint from an earlier Standard you must still comply with the manufacturer’s weight limit for that restraint and must exhaust all options available, before considering moving to the next category of restraints.

 

Sun Smart

Sun Smart  - www.SunSmart.com 

What is UV?

 

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the best natural source of vitamin D. However, too much UV exposure from the sun and other sources, such as solariums , is major cause of sunburn, premature ageing, eye damage and skin damage leading to  skin cancer.

UV cannot be seen or felt. It is not like the sun’s light which we see, or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel. Our senses cannot detect UV so it can be damaging without us knowing.

There is a huge variation in UV levels across Australia. The UV level is affected by a number of factors including the time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, proximity to the equator, scattering and reflection.

SunSmart UV Alert

The SunSmart UV Alert, produced by the Bureau of Meteorology , predicts when sun protection is required. It provides daily sun protection times for more than 200 locations across Australia, based on cloud-free skies. It uses the World Health Organization's Global Solar UV Index.

During the sun protection times, the UV radiation is at a level that can damage your skin. If there is no UV Alert, sun protection isn't required unless you are near highly reflective surfaces such as snow, outside for extended periods or the UV is above three.

Sun protective hats

Choosing your hat

When choosing your hat, remember:

  • a hat should shade your face, head, ears and neck
  • a broad brimmed hat should have a brim of at least 7.5 cm
  • a bucket hat should have a deep crown, angled brim of at least 6 cm and sit low on the head
  • legionnaire hats should have a flap that covers the neck and overlaps at the sides of the front peak
  • use a brim attachment or legionnaire cover if wearing a hardhat or helmet.
  • the quality of sun protection offered depends on the type of fabric – a tighter fabric structure is best.
  • A fabric with UPF15 offers good protection while one that is UPF50 offers excellent protection. Even if the fabric is excellent, make sure the hat’s overall design is effective too.
  • a hat should provide ventilation and be comfortable to wear (especially if it is to be used during physical activity or in warmer weather).

Hats for babies and toddlers

When choosing a hat for young children, consider the size and comfort, the amount of shade it provides and if it will obstruct vision or hearing.

Many babies and toddlers do not like to wear hats. Persistence is needed to teach them that a hat is part of their outside routine. For babies, choose a design such as a soft legionnaire hat that will crumple easily when they put their head down.

Hats that can be adjusted at the crown or can be tied at the front to help secure it on a child’s head are best. If the hat is secured with a long strap and toggle, ensure it has a safety snap, place the strap at the back of their head or trim the length so it doesn’t become a choking hazard.

Kids Matter

Kids Matter - www.kidsmatter.edu.au

KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and wellbeing initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services. It's unique because it brings together all the most important people in a child’s life - especially families!

Research clearly shows that children who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges. They are also better learners and have stronger relationships.

Good mental health in childhood lays the foundations for the future, and it is never too early for families to start supporting the mental health of children.