Fortunately, there are ways you can make sure your child stays safe at school.
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At least once a week, use dinnertime to ask questions about your child’s day.
- What do you enjoy learning?
- Which class do you wish you didn’t have to take?
- What’s one thing you’re really good at?
- Have you witnessed any bullying at school?
- Do you feel safe at school?
- Do you feel respected by your teachers and classmates?
Meetings with teachers with a written list of questions. Here are a few examples.
- How is my child doing emotionally and socially?
- Have you witnessed any bullying or harassment in the classroom?
- Is my child present and on time to their classes?
- Do you conduct emergency drills in your classroom?
- What can I do to help my child succeed?
Make sure your school’s handbook answers your critical questions.
- Is there a zero tolerance policy for bullying?
- What plans are in place if a natural disaster or emergency occurs?
- How often are emergency drills conducted?
- Are visitors allowed on school grounds or in the classrooms?
Monitor the devices your child currently uses.
- Use website filters to block inappropriate websites.
- Add parental control apps to your child’s phone and computer to track their online and mobile conversations.
- Review kid-friendly wearable tech devices that can help you keep track of your child’s location at all times.
Along with these tips, the best way to keep your child safe is to speak up. If you’re concerned about the cafeteria menu, playground bullying, or school policies, speak with administration.