Emotional and Safety Skills Education

Children have the right to a safe growth and development – Working together to strengthen emotional and safety skills

It is our job as adults to provide the care and safety children require and protect them against matters that are not part of their world and may interfere with their safe and undisturbed growth. In a multimedia world, children are increasingly exposed to bullying, harassment, and violence at younger and younger age. Media and advertisements have begun to sexualize children. The Internet and social media make it possible to approach ever younger children in a manipulative way, and such incidents are becoming more common.

As the children grow and their horizons expand, adult supervision cannot wholly cover them. Although we, as the adults, shoulder all responsibility for children’s safety, the children, too, need skills which may help them look after themselves and their own safety. Children need to know that they have the right to be safe both at home and outside their home. Safety skills are based on the rights of the children and children have the right to learn and adopt them.

Emotional and safety skills education enhances children’s skills in setting and protecting their boundaries against bullying, violence, and harassment. Emotional and safety skills education comprehensively augments children’s resources and survival skills. Emotional and safety skills education classes strengthen a child’s self-esteem, sense of self-worth, and confidence, as well as foster good emotional and communication skills and promote good relationships with peers. The classes also promote coping and digital safety skills. Children are encouraged to talk to a reliable adult about their worries.

The methods used in the classes are child-centred and collaborative. The themes of the Emotional and safety skills education classes are part of the curriculum and engender a broad base of skills. Lessons include transdisciplinary skills of wellbeing, positive pedagogy and building resilience. The classes also include homework, which guardians are asked to complete together with the child. The homework is designed to strengthen the relationship between the child and the guardian as well as cooperation between home and school. The best safety skill is having open, safe relationships in the family.

Together we can promote children’s safe growth.

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