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Part 1: Protecting Children In The 21st Century
Education Is The First Safety Rule

Safety education is an ongoing part of parenting. The sooner the process begins the easier it is to keep the dialogue open as your children grow. My own children certainly receive ongoing information about keeping themselves safe, so I've seen first hand the value it has brought to their lives. While educating your children about personal safety, don't try to cover everything in one "learning" session or even in a few nights. Instead, using small, easy steps, make it a part of their whole life. Modify and expand on the safety concepts to make them appropriate to their age - so that they, in effect, grow up with safety knowledge.

Music, role-playing, and teaching by example are among the important steps in educating your children to stay safer. Here is how they can help.

Music: The fun way to learn safety rules!

Music is a fabulous tool for teaching children safety tips. But from what I've observed, its value has been largely underestimated. For years, we have seen the powerful results of offering safety education music for children. It has been popular and effective for four reasons:

  • Music is fun,
  • Music is easy and doesn't require a lot of time,
  • Music is a non-fearful way to instruct children about a serious topic, and
  • Children remember concepts when they learn them through music. In fact, studies show that they retain almost 90 percent of what they hear and sing as opposed to only about 10 percent of what they are told. Music is also great for reinforcing information, because children will play the songs over and over again. To understand the power of music, think about how you can recall the lyrics to songs that you heard years ago.

In fact, studies show that they retain almost 90 percent of what they hear and sing as opposed to only about 10 percent of what they are told. Music is also great for reinforcing information, because children will play the songs over and over again. To understand the power of music, think about how you can recall the lyrics to songs that you heard years ago.

For years we have received grateful comments from parents who have used safety music to help them educate their children about personal safety. Their words express their feelings better than I can:

"Recently, Tom's son was having a difficult time sleeping at night, and we had tried everything we could think of to make him less scared. In a frantic moment, I reached over for the safety tape we purchased from you, and turned it on for him. He was asleep in 15 minutes! When we talked to him the next day, he said that the tape made him feel 'safe.'"
- Sue Arrigo, mother, Indiana

"The children really enjoy the music, and they ask us to play the tape all the time, as it has quickly become their favorite."
- Richard L. Bowen, M.D., father, Florida

"My daughter could not remember our area code no matter how hard I tried until I played the music for her. After listening to the telephone song a few times, she not only learned her telephone number, but she remembered it."
- Robyn Gross, mother and Yello Dyno Director, Maryland

Because music is such an easy, fun, and effective way for children to learn safety rules, we have been involved in creating new music to broaden and further reinforce the important safety concepts. This new safety education music, published by Yello Dyno, is based on the latest research on how children can keep themselves safe. For example, some of the songs on the Can't Fool Me! album are: "Tricky People," which teaches children how to identify some of the tricks adults use to abduct children; "My Body's Mine" teaches children that they are in control of their bodies and can set limits for physical affection; and "Help Me Operator" teaches children how to remember their telephone number and when to call emergency numbers for help.These powerful messages will help children stay safe and free.

This section continues with: Role-Playing and Teaching By Example

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