June 6th to 12th is Child Safety Week in the UK. Child Safety Week is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and highlight how they can be prevented. It’s a great opportunity to stop and think about the potential dangers to our babies, toddlers and children and to take action to minimise the risks.
Shockingly, new research by the CAPT has highlighted how parents “mesmerised” by their mobile phones are risking their children’s safety. A whopping two-thirds (69%) of parents who were surveyed said they are distracted by their phones And this trend is heightened with younger parents who have grown up with technology. Worryingly, 40% of parents under 35 admitted that their child has experienced an accident or near-miss while they’ve been focused on their mobile. Yikes.
At this point, I feel compelled to stress that we only update this blog when our child is asleep!
Where children themselves have phones, they too have reported being distracted at important times, such as crossing the road.
Focusing on child safety
That’s why we think the focus on child safety is brilliant, particularly with this years theme of “turn off technology for safety“. The child safety week website has loads of great resources and downloads to look at and play with our children.
- Road safety colouring in activity
Colour in and answer questions about how to stay safer near roads.
- Road safety join the dots
Join the dots and decide which man should be red and which man should be green.
- Burns and scalds safety cards
Use these safety cards to highlight some of the risks of burns and scalds that you would find around the home.
- Hot things burn join the dots
Meet ‘Morning Mayhem’ – he likes to cause accidents when parents are distracted.
- Wordsearch for safety
There are fifteen dangers and safety measures hidden in the wordsearch.
They are well worth a download! They’re free!
Hopefully this post will all make us stop and think a little about the importance on focusing on what’s important when caring for our children, and leave the facebook updates for when they are in bed.