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Safety at School

Teachers and parents are working together to ensure the health and well-being of all children. Schools are really safe places for children to be, and they are the heart of the community. Let's make sure they stay that way.

Computers and the Internet

Children are growing up with computers and start using them at a very eary age. Here are some tips to help you determine whether your child's computer station and computer work are healthy or safe.

Internet safety

  • Internet Awareness for Parents workshop provides an overview of the jargon, the risks, and how to explain Internet safety to your child. This one-hour presentation is free of charge and allows parents to learn strategies, gain knowledge, and share concerns. The presentation is one of several delivered by practising teachers who volunteer to share their knowledge and experience in these areas. More...PDF format; Acrobat Reader required. 
  • The Media Awareness Network's web site gives advice and tips on helping children be safe, wise, and responsible users of the Internet.
  • Raising the online generation is a website developed by a BC teacher. The site alerts parents and students to online behaviours covering a range of Internet tools, and provides safety tips and strategies.

Junk food is not a healthy choice

Vending machines are found in many BC schools. Teachers are concerned that, while curriculum calls for teaching healthy eating habits, in-school vending machines peddle high-sugar and/or high-caffeine "juices," "tea," pop, and junk food. A steady diet of soft drinks can lead to tooth decay. The Minnesota Dental Association has produced the presentation tool Kids, teens, and soft drinks (get ready to gulp) PDF format; Acrobat Reader required. for parents and teachers to help young people make healthy choices.

Simple solution may prevent serious illness

Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases from the common cold to more serious illnsses such as Hepititis A and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Teachers urge vigorous hand-washing and safety plans. Download our poster PDF format; Acrobat Reader required. that reminds elementary students that proper handwashing takes longer than most children think it does.

Approaching the school about your child's allergies

Many parents feel anxious about leaving their child in a new environment with new people, and parents of children with allergies have an extra worry: "What if my child has an allergic reaction at school and I'm not there?" Children's allergies and school is an article by an elementary teacher which gives ideas on talking to the school about your child's allergies.

Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory disease of children. Approximately 10-15% of Canadian children has asthma. The Asthma Society of Canada's Asthma at School page provides ideas on how parents and schools can work together to support students with asthma.


No idling at school

Children are more susceptible than grown ups to toxins created by idling cars as their smaller lungs breathe more rapidly. As a result they inhale more pollutants per pound of body weight than adults do. By turning engines off at school sites, parents can be part of the solution. If families switch from driving to school to walking, even part-way, it can have a significant impact on the level of emissions outside your child's school. In one year nine families walking daily to school prevent approximately 1,000 kg of green house gas emissions being released into the atmosphere.

Air quality

Indoor air quality
Our article, Your Child and Indoor Air Quality, will help you know if your children are at risk and what to do about it if they are.


Your child deserves a safe, caring and bully-free environment. Read more about what teachers, parents, and students are doing in schools to prevent bullying.

Brookman, Beverly. Tips for parents on keeping kids safe from bullying. 2002. (Beverly Brookman is a retired teacher-counsellor and a former BCTF facilitator.)

Knickerbocker, Nancy. Silence is acceptance: Killarney rejects bully behaviour. Teacher newsmagazine, Nov/Dec 2000.

Waterhouse, Terry. A safe and caring environment. Teacher newsmagazine, Oct 2000.


  • Bullying.org is an award-winning Canadian site to help children deal with bullying and teasing.
  • Directorate of Agencies for School Health 
  • Dieticians of Canada 
  • HASTE (Hub for Action on School Transportation Issues) is a project that supports schools and their communities taking action on reducing transportation emissions in British Columbia. It's an online resource and networking centre, designed to help students, teachers and schools improve the health of individuals, communities and the environment.
  • Healthy Spaces was designed to increase awareness of the risk of potential contaminants in the education and play environments.
  • iamsafe is an international anti-bullying organization which works to combat threatening and dangerous situations confronting children, youth and communities.
  • PrevNet is a national network of Canadian researchers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments committed to stop bullying.
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