Are you worried about your child’s safety before he goes for his annual school trip? We provide you a checklist that’ll ensure his safety and make sure he has a good time on the trip.
By Krishna Thakkar
‘35 rescued after boat with 40 school students on board capsizes near Maharashtra's Dahanu’- Times Of India, 13 January, 2018
‘4 Kan. elementary school students injured in field trip mishap’ – Hutch Post, 14 April, 2017
Indeed, as a parent, when you read these headlines, they are bound to make you wary of allowing your child to go on school trips. But, field trips are not a minefield for accidents. They are fun, educational and often prove to be a life-changing experience for children.
In fact, field trips and outdoor excursions are vital for a child’s all-round growth and development. A field trip may be to a neighbouring garden or a playground or even to a faraway place. The main purpose of a field trip is to provide children learning experiences through practical training. Through these trips, children get the opportunity to observe subjects and situations in real time, which provides a better understanding of what they have studied in theory so far.
Apart from the academic benefits, during a field trip, your child learns about team work and gets hands-on experience on how to deal with real-life situations. Most importantly, children develop a broader perspective about how things work.
As important as a field trip is, as a parent, it is important to keep in mind the safety of your child during an outdoor excursion. It is necessary to take preventive steps and talk about them with her teacher before she goes on the school trip. Here are a few safety-checks you should talk to the school about, before the trip:
As parents, you should also take preventive measures to ensure that your child is safe on the excursion. Talk to your child about the following safety measures:
A field trip is an experience of a lifetime for your child and to make sure it is a memorable one, you must discuss concerns you have about the trip with the school, to ensure his safety. Encourage him to accompany his classmates on the excursion and give him safety tips to follow on the field trip. He is sure to have a great time.
Krishna Thakkar, part of Safecity’s Writers Movement, is a BLS student from Pravin Gandhi College of Law.
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