Sequoia Healthcare District Note
Dear SCSD Families
As we enter a new year and a new chapter in American government, we are also entering a time of uncertainty. The unknown can lead us to feel vulnerable and anxious and so now more than ever, we must reassure our children that they are safe and that we will protect them.
In this issue of the SCSD Wellness Journal, we share important information and tips for keeping your kids safe on the streets, on their phones, on the internet, and more. Despite the challenges ahead, we are so fortunate to live in this country and to be part of a school community whose steadfast commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment and quality education helps our children thrive.
Sequoia Healthcare District shares in this commitment to ensure that all children and families in our community are afforded every opportunity for health, education, safety and wellbeing no matter where they come from, their economic background, their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, or culture.
I wish you all a safe and happy 2017.
Director of Grants and Programs, Sequoia Healthcare District
A Talk with Kidpower
What safety trends/issues have you seen over the years?
One thing that keeps surfacing year after year is how parents react to safety concerns. When something bad happens parents’ anxiety/fear sets in and then, over time, drops off. This creates highs and lows – everything is either good or terrible. Coming from a place of fear can scare kids. Instead, parents should practice safety on a regular basis and not in reaction to an event.
What advice do have for parents?
Parents should ask themselves: what safety skills does my child need and how can I practice them? Grownups can get stuck in their worry. Instead they need to ask what skills are important. Building the skill reduces the fear.
What about online safety?
Get grounded in basic social safety skills rather than focusing on the next technology item. Discuss what digital safety means in your family. Utilize the digital citizenship and safety agreement that we have created.
Also, don’t just do what all your friends are doing. Know your own child and think about their specific needs and skills.
Kidpower Safety Tips for Parents
Use Kidpower’s Safety Tips Handout to start teaching children how to be safe from abuse, bullying, harassment, assault, and other violence.
Safety Tips include:
Helmet Safety: Does Your Helmet Fit Properly?
Helmet Fit Test
PE Pedestrian Safety Workshop
In December, the San Carlos Safe Routes to School Program sponsored a pedestrian safety workshop at White Oaks and Heather Schools.
At White Oaks the program included:
At Heather the program included:
Here is what Allison Liner, White Oaks Principal, had to say about the event:
(Programs for Arundel, BA, and Arroyo will be held in the spring)
|One of the most important aspects of parenting is finding humor in our day-to-day.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
SRTS is a national program.
Their research shows that walking to and from school increased from less than 14% to more than 17% between 2007-08 and 2014.
Closer to home we have support and funding from the San Mateo County SRTS program.
The mission of STRS is to increase walking and biking to school and as a result increase air quality.
Did you know? 20% to 30% of morning rush hour traffic can be attributed to parents driving their children to school.
Partnering with the city is important since the city receives money for infrastructure upgrades, such as safer intersections.
The City of San Carlos has helped us keep our kids safe when walking/biking to and from school. Here are some ways the city has helped:
We want to express our thanks to the city and our crossing guards for their dedication and support.
Safety Tips for When Kids are Home Alone
Wally gave us some tips on kids staying home alone…
How old is old enough to leave a child at home?
California does not set a specific age, but rather, considers the maturity level and comfort of the child. Here is a list of questions to help guide you.
Emotional Safety (a Parent’s Perspective)
”Call it spirited, stubborn, determined, or persistent. Whatever word you use to describe that quality, my daughter has it. While this trait will serve her well later in life, for now it is nothing but hair pulling to parent. Let’s take last Saturday as an example…” continue reading
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Kids age 13 to 17 send more than 3,400 texts a month. That’s seven messages every hour they are awake.
Before your child heads out remind them of these important rules:
What is wrong with this picture?
40 percent of teens say they’ve been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike, or motorcycle while walking. The primary culprit: distraction from a mobile device.
As their parent, it is important to focus on:
Below is a sampling of upcoming parent education events. Click HERE for a complete list in our calendar section.