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September 15th, 2012

School Health and Child Safety

At School

Your child spends more time at school than anywhere else except home. Schools can have a major effect on children’s health, by teaching about health and promoting healthy behaviors. The school building and environment should be a safe and healthy place for your child.

Schools work to prevent risky behaviors such as alcohol and tobacco use, inactivity or bullying. They may also deal with specific health problems in students, such as asthma, obesity and infectious diseases.Bullying



Bullying is when a person or group repeatedly tries to harm someone who is weaker or who they think is weaker. Sometimes it involves direct attacks such as hitting, name calling, teasing or taunting. Sometimes it is indirect, such as spreading rumors or trying to make others reject someone.

Often people dismiss bullying among kids as a normal part of growing up. But bullying is harmful. It can lead children and teenagers to feel tense and afraid. It may lead them to avoid school. In severe cases, teens who are bullied may feel they need to take drastic measures or react violently. Others even consider suicide. For some, the effects of bullying last a lifetime.


Internet safety,

For most kids and teens, technology is an important part of their lives. They browse the Web for information, use social networking sites, text, and chat. But there can also be dangers, and it is important for parents to monitor their children’s use and teach them how to be safe online:

  • Never give out personal information, such as your full name, address, phone number, or school name
  • Tell an adult if any communication (chat, text, e-mail message) makes you feel threatened or uncomfortable
  • Never send sexually explicit photographs or messages
  • On social networking sites, use privacy controls and only friend people that you know

Have a great school year!


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

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