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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris


In the context of a child, safety refers to behavior and practices that protect a child from harm, injuries, and danger. A child’s well-being is directly influenced by the nature and quality of their living and learning environment.

Children growing up in a safe environment are more likely to thrive from learning opportunities, develop a positive self-image, experience fewer illnesses and have enough energy to play.

Lessons on safety should be taught directly and incidentally. This includes taking them through a fire drill step-by-step, read stories about safety issues, or create art projects to reinforce basic safety principles

Safety education is important because:

  • It helps children prevent unsafe situations
  • It helps children cope with emergency situations

What does safety entail?

Fire Safety

Traffic Safety

Personal Safety

Environmental Safety

What is child abuse?

My Rights = Your Rights

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Koen, M. & Esterhuizen, S. 2016. Teaching Foundation Phase Learners about Personal Well- being. (In Naudé, M. & Meier, C., eds. Teaching Life Skills in the foundation phase. Pretoria: Van Schaik. p.389-426).

TED - Nadine Burker Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime. (video). 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk&feature=youtu.be Date of access: 19 Jul. 2018

UNICEF and the Department of Social Development. 2015. Child Abuse. Pretoria: UNICEF

Viviers, A & Payne, M. 2013. My Rights = Your Rights. Pretoria: UNICEF

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