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Success In School Begins At Home

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Parents helping to make their children successful and keep them safe

Parents helping to make their children successful and keep them safe

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  • 1.
    • By Barbara Felton
    • Instructional Technology Specialist
    • Wellfleet Elementary School
    • Wellfleet, MA
    Helping Your Child to be Successful and Safe
  • 2. Success in School Begins at Home
    • Make sure your children get enough sleep according to their needs.
    • Make sure your child arrives on time for school. Missing a few minutes of work each day adds up very fast.
    Have your child come to school alert and ready to learn.
  • 3. A Child’s Success Begins at Home
    • There should be a regular time to do homework.
    • Children should do their homework in a central area such as the dining room.
    • If your child asks for help, work with him/her to arrive at the answer.
    Helping Your Child to Do His/Her Homework
  • 4. A Child’s Success Begins at Home
    • Prevent your child from experiencing “overload” from too many activities.
    • Help your child prioritize what outside activities he/she would like to do.
    • Make it clear that participating in too many activities may cause “burnout.”
    Giving Your Children Time to Be Themselves
  • 5. A Child’s Success Begins at Home
    • Call your child frequently.
    • Have the phone where you are posted so your child can easily see it.
    • If possible, have someone stop in to check on your child.
    • Make it clear to your child not to let anyone in that you have not told him/her is coming.
    • If possible, have an activity out for your child to do.
    If You Can’t Be There When Your Child Gets Home
  • 6. A Child’s Success Begins at Home
    • If possible, get to know the parents of a potential playmate.
    • Observe their play.
    • Monitor their dialogue. Is there swearing or bullying behavior?
    • If there is a questionable playmate situation, invite the child to your house to play.
    • If your child still insists on this playmate, try to arrive at a solution together.
    • If this does not work, help your child choose more suitable playmates.
    Help Your Children Choose Their Playmates
  • 7. A Child’s Success Begins at Home
    • Intervene if the play becomes to rough or dangerous.
    • You might wish to prohibit play that simulates violence, i.e. playing with toy guns, sticks, or laser pointers.
    • The children should be where you can see them at all times.
    Restrict the Type of Play X X X
  • 8. A Child’s Success Begins at Home
    • Keep the television in an open area.
    • Set up a time for watching TV early in the evening.
    • If you are able, program your TV to block shows that are undesirable for children to watch.
    • If not, make sure child does not watch adult oriented shows with violence or killings.
    • Restrict trips to the movies or rentals to G or PG movies.
    • Unfortunately, you probably cannot control what your child watches at a friend’s house.
    Preventing Your Child from Exposure to Violence
  • 9. A Child’s Success Begins at Home
    • Set a definite time for use of the computer.
    • Restrict how long the child is using the computer.
    • The computer should be located in a highly traveled, central location.
    • The child should not have a computer in his/her room.
    • If you have blocking software, be sure it is active.
    • Observe what your child is doing on the computer.
    • Caution your child to never give out either his first or last name nor where he lives.
    • Your child should never send his/her picture.
    • Your child should never give out to anybody his/her Internet password.
    • Assure you child that he/she can come to you if there is something on the computer screen that makes the child anxious.
    Keep Your Child Internet Safe
  • 10. Your Children’s Success in the Future
    • Life has its twists and turns. With you help, your children will be
    • better able to deal with them and move forward in a positive way.