This summer, before you send your children off to camp, remember to review a few basic safety issues.
Find out from camp administration:
- Who will be your child's counselor?
- How old are they?
- What type of training have they had?
- Does the camp require background checks for employees and volunteers?
- Who supervises the counselors, if they are teenagers?
With your child:
- Review basics, like sunscreen use, not swimming without permisson, and a lifeguard or adult present, wearing a helmet for biking or skateboarding, etc.
- Review what to do if he/she feels bullied. Help her or him role play telling the bully to leave them alone in a firm, loud voice with a hand held up to indicate "stop!"
- Make sure they know to tell their counselor immediately if they've been bullied by a fellow camper, and to tell you as soon as they get home.
- Review the difference between good or OK touches (like high-fives and some hugs) and touches that feel uncomfortable. Make sure your child knows to let you know if he or she feels uncomfortable with any touch. In addition, make sure he/she knows that no one should ever tell him or her that they need to keep any touching a secret. In fact, any secrets they are asked to keep should be told to you. Secrets are different from a good surprise, like a birthday present. Those are things the person will find out and be happy about. A secret can be scary and dangerous.
- Make sure the camp you choose is developmentally appropriate for your child and has activities he/she will enjoy.
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