Health and Safety 7-8 Years

Be Prepared

  • Teach your child plans for emergencies such as a fire or getting separated.
  • Teach your child how and when to dial 911.

 School

  • Talk with your child and child’s teacher about bullies.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher if you think your child might need extra help or tutoring.

Media

  • Limit TV and computer time to 2 hours a day.
  • Watch your child’s computer use; avoid computer or TV in the child’s room.
  • Know who he/she is talking to online.
  • Install a safety filter.

Healthy Eating

  • Eat with your family often.
  •  Eat breakfast every day.
  • Aim for eating 5 fruits and vegetables every day.

Healthy Teeth

  • Your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year.
  • Encourage your child to always wear a mouth guard to protect teeth while playing sports.

 Your Growing Child

  • Be aware of puberty and body changes in your child.
  • Talk about what worries your child.

Stranger Safety

  • Continue to reinforce Stranger Safety rules.
  • Tell your child that he/she should walk away and find an adult she knows if approached by anyone who:

- Asks him/her for help.

- Shows him/her a picture of a pet

- Asks to take his/her picture.

- Tells him/her there is a family emergency.

- Calls him/her by name even though he/she doesn’t know him.

  •  No one should ask for a secret to be kept from parents.
  •  No one should ask to see private parts.
  • No adult should ask for help with his private parts
  • Do not open the door to a stranger. 

Other Ways to Keep your Child Healthy and Safe

  • Teach your child to swim
  • Watch your child around water.
  • Use sunscreen when outside
  •  Provide a good-fitting helmet and safety gear for biking, skating, in-line skating, skiing, snowboarding, scooter and horseback riding.

Many of these suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Bright Futures Recommendations.

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