Back to School

It's time to be

Be More Awesome 

Because the world needs more awesome.

Have you met Kid President yet? He's an energy packed little guy that reminds us that we are all teachers and we are all students. With the innocence of a child he challenges us to look at what the world is learning... from us.

radKIDS and Kids President share common threads (besides teaching). We both believe that kids have voices worth listening to. We both believe that in order to create change in the world you have to know about it, and most importantly we both believe that you matter. Whether you are a teacher, a student, a parent or a child. We are all teachers, we are all students and we all matter.

It is with that spirit that this issues (and all issues) of Teachable Moments looks at life Through the Eyes of a Child. 

Back to School
You either love it or hate it...

Summer is wonderful, relaxed and typically without schedules so it's hard to give that up to return to business, though some argue that it feels good to have a planned day with structure and function. Like it or is reality and time to review what all radKIDS learned about school safety...

It is school time again and as radKIDS we know...You know more.

All radKIDS know: The most important person at school is?...YOU! Excellent...

So what else do radKIDS Know about School Safety?

What is our radKIDS Plan to be Safe and Stay Safe at School

As radKIDS we know that school is no different than the rest of the world and at school we make our plans based on What All radKIDS Know

  1. As radKIDS we know that, "No One has the right to hurt you, because you are special" and important especially at School
  2. We also know that "Since no one gets to hurt us, we don't have the right to hurt anyone else, UNLESS they try and hurt us and then we have every right to stop them.  Because no one gets to hurt or trick us ! No One!
  3. Maybe most important at school is that we know that if anyone does try and trick us or hurt us it is not our fault (It's their fault) and so we CAN tell a teacher or grown up we trust.  Always remember that radKIDS know that Telling is to help someone or yourself and Tattling is when you are trying to get someone in trouble. So radKIDS can tell to help and stop people from hurting others but we don't tattle as it can hurt others.

radKIDS Plans for: Walking to School or to a Friends?

All radKIDS know:  

  • We always take a buddy (Safety Partner) when walking to and from school.
  • We take the safest way to school and take the same route every day.
  • We walk with your family to pick the safest route.
  • We identify your safe zones both to and from school and share them with our safety partner.  

WHAT IS OUR radKIDS Plan for: leaving school? 

All radKIDS Know:

  • We know to never leave a schoolyard during school hours without first getting parents and teacher's permission.

  • We know to let our parents know when staying after school.

  • We know that when leaving school, we go straight home. We do not stop to play with friends unless you have permission first.

  • We know to never leave school with someone we don't know.

  • We know to always tell a teacher or trusted adult if anyone you don't know or someone you haven't been given permission to leave with, asks you to leave school for any reason.

WHAT IS OUR radKIDS Plan IF...Someone offers you drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes?

All radKIDS know:

  • Always say NO

  • Get away fast

  • Tell a trusted grown -up - because no one ever has the right to hurt or trick us

We know not to take drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes from anyone. We always say "NO" and get away fast. (Rule # 2 radKIDS Don't Hurt Ourselves)

  • We know we can tell a trusted adult if anyone touches you or makes you feel scared or uncomfortable. (Rule #3 It is not our fault when someone hurts/tricks us)

  • We know to let our parents know when staying after school.

  • We know that when leaving school, we go straight home. We do not stop to play with friends unless you have permission first.

  • We Yell, "NO"! Run to safe zone if anyone you don't know offers you candy, gifts, or to take you for a ride, then to tell your teacher or trusted adult.

radKIDS family note:

You may want to take this opportunity to discuss your Family Emergency Plan with your child.(See radKIDS ON...Passwords).

What is your radKIDS Plan if anyone tries to Hurt or Bully You in School?

  • We know that no one get's to hurt us so we can stop them using our radKIDS Skills

  • Walk Away and Share (tell) with someone you trust Because "NO One Gets to Hurt You or Your Friends"

  • Ignore them -- they are not your friends. Would you friends hurt you?

  • Ask/Tell Them to Stop! If they stop can you forgive them and still be their friend?  If they don't stop they are "TRYING" to hurt you? Friends don't hurt each other do they?  So they are not your friend, are they?

  • And, Lastly if anyone tries to physically hurt you, then as a radKID you know you can use your skills to stop them including our BLOCK, RUN and TELL skill.

Next Month's Teachable Moments will talk more about Bullies and what we can do to "Stop Them" but always Remember, "NO One 5-105 years old has the right to hurt you because you are a radKID -- a Cool kid that doesn't let anyone hurt them.



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