School Resource Officer, Leif French, talks to elementary kids about importance of knowing their personal information in the district's third video podcast
Dr. Stufflebeam introduced School Resource Officer Leif French in the district's third video podcast on Thursday, May 16th. Officer French is working on informing elementary students and parents about the importance of knowing their personal information such as their phone number, parents' names, and address. Kids as young as four can start learning this information, and it is tremendously helpful to law enforcement in situations where kids are lost or emergencies occur within the home.
Here are some tips from massgeneral.org on how to work with young kids on learning their personal information:
- Ask your son/daughter for the same information, but use different questions. You can ask, “Where is your address?”, “What is our home phone number?” or “What is your birthday?”
- Repeat, repeat, repeat. Go over the information many times, even if your son/daughter has it memorized.
- Make a card that your son/daughter can keep in a backpack, wallet, pocket or purse.
- Have your son/daughter trace over his/her address, phone number or other important personal information. This way, he/she can practice writing and remembering the information.
- Make up a song about the information. Children and adults often remember things better when they’re singing or set to music.
- Practice with more than 1 person. Have your partner, another family member or a close friend help your son/daughter practice remembering and giving information.
- Role play. Have your son/daughter pretend he/she is lost and needs your help.
- Have your son/daughter find his/her personal information in a list of other information. This can help him/her learn to find important information when there is other information around it.
- Practice filling out different forms in writing and on the computer. This can help your son/daughter learn how to write or type in information in different formats.