Trampoline accidents among kids are high. It’s heartbreaking to see kids suffer trampoline injuries and even deaths. There is an abundance of trampoline safety tips and it is evident that parents are talking to their kids about these safety tips. But with all that, injuries still soar high. Is it that the safety tips are not good enough? The issue is really about how the safety tips are passed to these kids. This article will give you some advice on how to do so.
1. Learn the safety tips yourself. You cannot teach what you don’t know. You will have to learn these safety tips yourself. Learn and master how trampoline injuries happen and how to prevent them. You have to know it well enough to teach it well. Learn all the available safety measures around. It won’t take you much time to gather the best tips available. You can do the following to get them:
- Search online
Use the trampoline company safety guide.
Check out trampoline safety documents created by the government.
Look out for safety measures designed by reputable trampoline safety organizations.
2. Get their attention. If you miss it here, then forget about teaching them. Children can be easily distracted so get a hold of them where all distractions are put out. They should be in the right state of mind for learning the trampoline safety tips you intend to teach them.
3. Let them know the importance of what you are teaching them. We are generally more committed to whatever we feel is important and valuable. Get them to see the need to learn these safety lessons. What you’re doing is invaluable to their safety, let them know that. They should know that using a trampoline without at least knowing and mastering the basic safety measures like the safe spot to bounce on, how high to jump, how to exit etc, is dangerous.
4. Choose a teaching method. You can try each method and see which works best or use the method that works best for each kid. You could also use all the methods together. Here are some good teaching methods:
The Unschooling Method is an informal and natural method of teaching and learning. It needs no schedule and no rigid time table. Children are taught specific lessons as the situation permits. Every moment is a teaching and learning opportunity. With this method, you simply use every event to teach a safety tip that relates to the event. Use the occasion to draw the child’s attention to what you intend them to learn. For instance, a news item on a trampoline accident.
The Montessori Method uses real tools rather than toys. This is aimed at using a practical object or situation to teach them what exactly to do in a real-life situation. For example, you could take them to a trampoline and demonstrate how to get on, jump, and get off again. This method has proven effective in incorporating life values and practical knowledge to kids. It brings a holistic experience and allows kids to learn at a pace that is comfortable for them.
The Multiple Intelligence Method focuses on each child’s unique capabilities. This method of teaching focuses on identifying and working as per the intelligence most possessed by a child. Some kids are slow to learn so for these ones you’ll have to be patient and give them extra time. Some other kids are more adventurous than others so for these ones you’ll need to teach them more on the dangers of trying risky stunts on a trampoline.
5. Use stories. Stories are powerful. We easily remember stories rather than facts and figures. Children love stories. We can leverage this innate love for stories to get their attention and plant safety habits into them. Learn how to use stories to get your safe trampoline usage tips to them. They’ll learn and retain them easily and quickly this way. There are lots of trampoline accident stories you can use to teach them. Tell them the story then highlight the cause of the accident and how they can prevent it.
6. Use examples. Be practical, clear and concise. Let them see how what you’re saying can be applied with the examples. Give them examples of the consequences of wrong trampoline usage.
7. Repeat the lessons. Kids learn best when a concept is repeated to them. Your goal should be that they master safety skills and not just mentally accent to them so repetition will be necessary. You must not be tired to repeat a safety lesson over and over again to them. The goal is to get them to master safety habits and not to cover a syllabus. So there is no need to hurry.
8. Get feedback on what you’re teaching them. Feedback will let you know how much they are learning and improving. Ask them questions and let them ask you questions. Watch them jump and see if they are adhering to the jumping safety tips you taught them.
9. Reward them. Let them know they’ll be rewarded for mastering the safety lessons. Reward those who do well it will encourage others to also sit up and learn.
10. Let them practice safety tips. Use practical activities that will help them practically see what you have taught them. Show them how to do it by doing it and allow them to do it. Let them jump on the trampoline while you supervise. Note areas that need emphasis and new areas you need to teach.
Keep in mind the following that you should teach your child about –
How to set up a trampoline
How to get on a trampoline
How to safely jump
How to keep the trampoline environment safe
- How to unpack and safely keep the trampoline
The major causes of trampoline accidents and how to prevent them
Risky stunts to avoid
Don’t overuse rewards. Be sure the child deserves it and is not trying to manipulate you just to get the reward.
Don’t allow those not doing well in the safety class to jump on the trampoline. When they see that you are serious about this, they’ll put in more effort to learn with others. Let the child know that his or her safety is more important to you than him having unsafe fun on the trampoline.
- Supervise them even after training them. Don’t leave them totally on their own because you’ve trained them well on what to do. The supervision may be minimal but do not totally withdraw.
Terkura Vincent is a Trampoline Safety Advocate and CEO of Casdale Trampoline Safety Centre. Our passion is to see families enjoy trampoline with utmost safety. You can help us do this by sharing the articles with other families that use trampoline.
You can reach Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org