Preventing Injuries, Get the Facts

School Age Children

Injuries are a serious health issue for children ages 6-12. As children get older they spend more time in new environments, try new activities and become more independent. These changes are important for a child’s growth but these changes also expose a child to new risks. Risk is a natural and unavoidable part of childhood, but serious injuries are not. The vast majority of injuries are both predictable and preventable. There is a lot that educators, health practitioners, and other professionals can do to prevent serious injuries among school age children.

Children are not physically or cognitively able to sense danger, or to recognize and avoid hazards It is important that adults be aware of risks and help school age children manage them. It is up to adults to provide safe environments, to provide adequate supervision, to teach and enforce safety rules, and to model safe behaviours for children.