Summer is coming – a season of fun to indulge and play in the cool water of children’s swimming pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and seas. It is no exaggeration to say that water is typical children’s summer fun. But the joy with this water can also be disastrous for children if the parents don’t take the proper precautions, where parental supervision is one of the best drowning prevention tools available. However, what is supervision, how monitoring is a problem not everyone understands correctly, especially supervising children around the countryside?
Monitoring children around water is one of the basic water safety knowledge for parents. Parents must understand this topic thoroughly to ensure the safety of water for their children. Basically, the content of monitoring has 5 main issues that we are gonna read through this following article!
Supervision is the ongoing eye connection with your child. You should keep your child within sight and in a position where you can react quickly. It’s not about taking a peek at a time when you take a nap, read a book or do chores around the house, and it’s not about you working from home and watching your kids play outside.
Supervision is the first and foremost layer of protection for a child’s water safety. In many cases, within a few minutes of answering a phone call, running to the gate to open the door or “going back and forth” doing something a little tragedy can happen.
Active supervision means focusing all of your attention on your children at all times, when they are in, on or around the water. You must keep your child within reach, interact with them and be ready to enter the water in the event of an emergency. In this content, you need to pay attention to 2 key keywords: all the time & at hand
That is, young children need constant supervision whenever they are near water – whether it’s water in bathtubs, swimming pools, ornamental fish ponds, pools, beaches or ponds. Young children can drown below 6 cm of water. That means drowning can happen where you least expect it – sinks, toilets, fountains, water buckets, inflatable tanks or small blocks of water around your home, like filled rainwater ditches. Always observe children closely when they are in or near any water body.
“Within reach” or “contact monitoring” is used when monitoring infants, toddlers and weak swimmers.
For infant/toddler, while swimming or bathing, the supervision ratio should always be 1: 1 (one adult: one child)
For children under five years old, supervision must be within reach; For children under 10 years old, supervision must be clearly visible, continuously and directly accessible.
During swimming or pool swimming activities, it is not enough to supervise young children standing from the beach or looking down from the pool – you must be in the water with them. Children under five years of age should also wear a life jacket when playing around or in the water, even under supervision.
Parents are busy and often try to do multiple things at the same time to save time. When you do multiple things at the same time, you may be distracted and not fully focused on maintaining your child’s safety. Things that easily distract you include doorbells, phone calls, eating, going to the toilet, housework, etc.
Parents taking young children in the care of older siblings is a contributing factor to toddler drowning. Older children are not equipped with the skills to perceive and respond to an emergency, and should not accept this responsibility.
If there are only a few children, it is only necessary to assign one adult to take care of them. A supervisor should wear a “Designated Child Supervisor” hat (some special hat, for example) and if that supervisor leaves, he or she should hand over the hat (responsibility) to the adult. another to take over. If there are more than one child, there will be an adult governing each other to monitor the children playing in that area.
The person assigned to supervise cannot do anything but focus on the children at all times. No cell phones. No books. No headphones. And note that: prevention is a supervisor’s primary role. Don’t wait for something to come of the rescue. Encourage your child to play safely and prevent unsafe or risky games.
According to Samuel Morris Foundation – Australia’s first charity that supports children after non-fatal drowning, supports their families and prevents future drowning deaths through education – When you let your child “out of sight, out of reach” in the water, the tragic countdown begins!