Why is 'Home Safety' education important?
According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust, while almost three-quarters of parents worry about their child having a bad accident, nearly half believe there is nothing they can do to stop accidents from happening... but you can make a difference! Children are keen to explore the world around them. They touch, smell and taste everything with little fear or understanding of potential danger. They usually feel they are safe with their parents, who keep them warm when they are chilly, feed them when they are hungry, play with them when they want to have fun and settle them to bed when they are sleepy; so almost everything appears safe to them in their world at home. However, homes are full of things that can injure, cut, trip, poison, choke, burn or scald.
Most children's 'accidents' happen in and around the home. Many are just minor bumps and scrapes, but some are more serious, which scar, disfigure and lead to permanent disability or even death. Most of these can be prevented, if parents (as well as children) had been more aware of the risks and taken precautions.
As children learn and develop lifelong habits (including how to keep safe) from an early age, Nationwide Education's Home Safety programmes begin with young children, aged two. The aim is to further develop their knowledge as they grow, giving them a sound understanding of the risks in and around the home.
Nationwide Education's Home Safety section for children aged 2-11 includes:
The main areas of risk that are covered in each programme:
This Parents' section is designed to help you become more aware of the risks around the home and, in turn, work together with your children to learn more about keeping safe, whilst having fun. It includes instructions on how to use the resources, a Word Bank giving clear explanations of safety-related words in child-friendly language, home safety tips, emergency plans and lots of suggestions of activities for you and your child.
'Home Safe Home' – Interactive game
'Home Safe Home' is an engaging interactive game designed to help children develop their knowledge of keeping safe at home by playing games and answering questions around four danger themes:
The game can be played by teams, pairs or individuals. The track pads at the bottom corners of the screen are for use when using interactive whiteboards, to enable children to reach the full screen, however the game is also designed for PC use.
Aspects of home safety can help children learn about history too, so besides the present day, World War II, Victorian and Viking home safety are covered.
Two player game:
Aim: To be the first to reach the 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs
Methodology: Both players begin at the bottom of their staircase. The computer chooses, at random, who will start. There are four warning triangle symbols representing four different safety themes:
The starting player clicks 'Select' and a theme is highlighted. Players must play a game successfully or answer a quiz question correctly, based on that theme, to move up to the next step. If they answer incorrectly, they move down a step (or remain at the bottom). Play passes to the other player.
Play continues until one player reaches his or her 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs.
One player game:
Aim: To reach the 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs safely without any errors
Methodology: The player begins at the bottom of the stairs. The player clicks 'Select' and one of the four danger symbols is highlighted: Trips, Slips and Falls – person falling Fire and Heat – flame Sharp Things – saw Poisons – skull and crossbones The player must play one of four sub-games (described above) successfully or answer a quiz question correctly to move up to the next step. If not, he or she moves down a step (or remains at the bottom). Play continues until the player reaches the 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs. He or she is shown a congratulations screen and given a 'score' showing in how many steps s/he was able to reach the top. The more correct answers, the better!
'Practice' option: Clicking on the 'Practice' button allows players to look at a particular danger theme, using all of the different sub-game formats.
Play the 'Home Safe Home' game.
The four themes are delivered through four different game formats:
Spot the Difference – Players are shown two illustrations side-by-side with five differences, one of which is a danger related to one of the four danger themes. To move up a step, they must find and click on all five differences (in either picture). Differences are circled in red and the danger of the chosen theme is circled in black. Players are allowed three errors (e.g. clicking on the wrong part of the screen) before the game ends.
Wordsearch – Players must find the answer to a question in a wordsearch grid. The answers can be found in the list. Players must click on the letters of the word in the correct order in the grid to move up a step. They are allowed three errors (e.g. clicking on the wrong letter) before the game ends.
Picture Quiz – Players are shown an image and asked to identify the biggest danger to people's safety, from three possible answers. They must click on the correct answer to move up a step.
Quick Quiz – Players are shown a quiz question with three possible answers. They must click on the correct answer to move up a step.