Personal safety and injury prevention are essential topics within the healthy living strand. Education in these areas is critical for reducing children’s injuries, as well as equipping them to recognize, assess, and control potentially dangerous situations. Personal safety topics focus on developing skills to identify, prevent, and resolve issues in areas such as bullying, peer assault, child abuse, harassment, and violence in relationships.
The Living Skills expectations identify learning that helps students develop a positive sense of self, develop and maintain healthy relationships, and use critical and creative thinking processes as they set goals, make decisions, and solve problems. Living skills are an important aspect of students’ overall healthy development, and their application in Mirror Image and Air Dogs is essential to the achievement of many of the expectations identified from the Healthy Living strand.
Students will become familiar with the support available to them within the family as well as with the agencies and services that provide support and help within the community. However, knowledge alone is not enough; students require the necessary skills to respond appropriately to situations that threaten their personal safety and well-being. Living skills such as self-advocacy, conflict resolution, anger management, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to use assertiveness, resistance, and refusal techniques, will help them respond safely and effectively to these situations.