You can play a vital role in preventing injuries among school age children and youth. Age and developmental stage influence injury risks; injury prevention best practices for elementary school age children are different than they are for junior and senior high school youth.
Educators and parents can work together, at both the school and the school board level, to reduce child and youth injury.
Did You Know?
- Injury is the leading cause for emergency department visits for children and youth between 5 and 19 years old.
- Common causes of hospitalization for 1 to 19 year olds, include falls, transportation and suicide.
- For children ages 0 – 14 fall injuries is the leading cause of emergency department visits and hospitalizations is a result of fall injuries.
- For youth ages 15 - 19 being struck by an object is the leading cause of emergency department visits.
- Transportation is the leading cause of injury death for children and youth between ages 1-14 and suicide is the leading cause of hospitalizations and death for youth ages 15 - 19 years of age.
Promote by doing the following:
- Consult with the school’s parent council about the safety issues at and around the school.
- Advocate for safe walk-to-school programs.
Teach by doing the following:
- Include injury prevention education in lessons for various subjects.
- Set up a display about an injury issue during parent-teacher interviews.
- Lead through your own example.
Junior & Senior High School
Every day youth are bombarded with unhealthy messages about risk from many different sources. Healthy messages about managing risk need to be reinforced in junior and senior high schools to help normalize the idea of smart risk-taking. The Provincial Injury Prevention Program supports the Smart Risk Approach, a provider resource.
Support healthy risk taking by doing the following:
- Incorporate smart risk education into class work for various subjects.
- Promote smart risk management at school wide events.
- Integrate the concept of smart risk-taking into a school’s culture.
- Model smart risk choices.
Students can learn more about the Smart Risk Approach on MyHealth.Alberta.ca