All across America school bells are tolling – seeking new and returning students for the 2013 – 2014 term. No matter the age, one of the favorite aspects of the school day is recess (or gym at the upper grade levels).
There are steps you can take as a parent to keep your child while they are on the school playground, even if you are not present. One of the best ways to do that is to teach your child that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous. This is especially true when playing on any of the equipment.
Parents should also be especially mindful of what their children wear on the days they have physical education. Necklaces, scarves or clothing with drawstrings can get caught on equipment and pose strangulation hazards. Tennis shoes should also be worn as not all shoes are made for running, skipping or other outside activities.
Work with your child’s school to ensure playground equipment is properly maintained. Report any rusted or broken equipment as well as dangerous surfaces to school officials. If your child attends an elementary school, there should be a separate play area for children 5 and under from the rest of the children. If at all possible, this separate area should be enclosed. If it isn’t, that could be a wonderful PTA (Parent-Teacher’s Association) project.
Check out this list for playground equipment that might be found on school property.