What Do Children Need To Know
Are you confident about preparing your child to deal with an emergency? How well do you believe they’d cope in a crisis?
It’s not something most of us want to think about, but no parent wants their child to be caught unprepared if the need does arise. Teaching your child some basic emergency skills could well save their life.
They need to understand what an emergency situation is
It’s important children can identify what an emergency situation is, and isn’t. Talking to them about what distinguishes an unpleasant situation from one that’s potentially dangerous or harmful is a crucial conversation to have.
Ideally you’ll want your child to feel confident trusting their judgement on this so they’re able to make a sound decision based on the facts of the situation and not just fear.
They need to know how to get to a safe place
Make sure your child is taught some basic safety procedures. Should an emergency situation ever arise, it’s important they’re able to remove themselves from any immediate danger.
Basic first aid can also be learnt from a young age. At the very least, teach your child to be able to determine whether somebody is conscious and responsive. This will help them to make the best decision about what to do next.
They need to know who to contact and what is likely to then happen
- Education about making a 000 call is important for all Australian children, especially when their exposure to American media can cause confusion with 911. Explaining the importance of only calling 000 when there’s a true emergency is essential too, as misdials are all too common and a drain on emergency service resources.
- Discuss with them the sorts of questions the 000 operator will ask and the information they’ll need to be able to provide, such as:
- Their name and age and your name;
- Their address and/or the location of the emergency;
- Details of the event and a brief description of what injuries there are;
- The emergency service they require (usually ambulance and/or police).
Further questions will most likely be asked and your child should be prepared to answer confidently and as accurately as possible.
They need to know to be practiced in the procedure
Rehearsing the steps to take in an emergency will give your child the confidence to act calmly should a crisis ever occur. Regularly having the conversation, in a way they can clearly understand, is key to them understanding the seriousness and responsibility that comes with coping in an emergency.
Preparing your child to deal with an emergency may seem daunting, but you’ll be so glad you had the conversation if those skills are ever called upon.
For more information speak with your Early Childhood Professional who should be able to assist you with age-appropriate resources and tips.