At the beginning of this month, Rana DiOrio released her new book, What Does It Mean To Be Safe?, and Little Pickle Press was inspired to dedicate September on the blog to conversations about the different types of safety. One of our goals in doing so was not only to bring awareness about ways to stay safe to parents, but also to inspire conversations with their children. As we get ready to transition into October, and families start picking out costumes for Halloween, safety still remains an important topic. Today, we are lucky to hear six children tell us all they know about safety, and how they plan to keep safe this year when they are out Trick-or-Treating.
What does it mean to be safe?
Adam (8 years old): “It means staying away from things that aren’t good for you.”
Chelsea (7 years old): “Safe means you aren’t in trouble. You don’t do things that can get you in trouble.”
Nick (6 years old): “Being careful about everything you do. And looking both ways before you do it.”
Sam (6 years old): “It means if you know something’s bad, stay away from it.”
Eli (9 years old): “Being safe means you don’t do things that can hurt you.”
Georgia (6 years old): “It means not running across the street…”
How are some ways you know how to stay safe?
Adam: “I’m not supposed to play rough with my brother. And I try to put things away so nobody will fall on them, and so my sister won’t get to my toys because she can eat them.”
Chelsea: “Don’t run around the house, and don’t go too far away at the park. I always have to stay where my parents can see me. Only, not when I’m in the tunnel slide.”
Sam: “Be nice to everybody, except for strangers.”
Eli: “Don’t run across the street, and don’t talk to people you don’t know. At school we don’t fake something bad. And we don’t run on the play structure.”
Georgia (who answered after her brother Eli): “Don’t run across the street, and don’t talk to somebody you don’t know.”
Halloween is coming up pretty soon. How do you stay safe with your family when you are Trick-or-Treating?
Adam: “We stay together. And we don’t eat the candy in the dark. When we are home we dump out all the candy and there’s so much. And after my dad goes through them we can eat some. Sometimes we trade too.”
Chelsea: “I hold my mom’s hand, and we have a flash light in case it gets dark when we walk home.”
Nick: “I wear my mask at school but not when I’m trick or treating because it’s really hard to see. But at the door I put it on so I can get candy.”
Sam: “I think I am going to be a pirate this year.”
Eli: “Don’t go to houses that don’t have lights at the house, and don’t go up there and ask for candy. They don’t like that. You go where there are other kids and they have candy.”
What’s the most important thing about safety?
Adam: “Well, the most important is knowing what to do. Most of the times you can know. You just think ‘if that’s not good, I’m not going to do that’. “