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TELL US: Have You Reviewed with your Children What to Do in 'Danger' Scenarios? Should You?

A week after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, schools have reviewed their safety procedures. Now should parents follow up with more coaching?

 

A week after the deadly elementary school attack in Newtown, Conn., that has rocked the the nation, some parents say their kids remain oblivious to the attack — and the danger. 

Most teens and children are wrapped up in their own worlds. One mom of a middle-schooler told me instead of being worried about how the Newtown deaths would affect her daughter, she is more concerned that the girl is not aware enough of what took place.

And there is only so much the schools can do.

So this mom will spin out a scenario of danger and ask the daughter to think through how she might best respond. 

If you are a parent, are you doing the same kind of 'coaching' with your kids? Should parents be following up and expanding on the schools' safety procedures and lockdown drills? Or could that only cause more confusion for a kid about what to do in danger? Tell us in the comments section below.

David Chase December 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
There's several reasons to regard such as sign as okay on a school. First, there's history. Schools are very, very safe. Safer than riding in cars, safer (on average) than being at home. Second, what's the point of attacking a school? There's not much money there. The only people who have done these attacks have been exceptionally, extremely nuts. And third, you are completely discounting the possibility of gun accidents, which history also tells us occur at a low but steady rate. Unless we decide that we don't really care about other deaths, we've got to consider net deaths, not just one-cause deaths.
Michael Fleming December 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
David If such a sign indicating that the occupants of a home are unarmed and such a sign is unsafe... isn't it logical that the same sign announcing the occupants and employees of a school are unarmed equally unsafe? You say that history shows that schools are very safe. Then why are we even talking about how to prevent murders in schools in the future? Clearly school safety is the topic of day, and everyone is submitting ideas as to how we can improve it. You ask what would be the point of attacking schools? I don't know...why don't we ask the idiots that attack them? Clearly the days where we see schools as a "safe haven" are over. Talk of posting armed guards fails to address their prohibitive cost. My point is, If posting "gun free zone" signs on your home is a bad idea, why doesn't that make it a bad idea for anywhere else? With exception of the Giffords shooting, all the mass murders in the last 20 years have been committed in "gun free zones". Apparently criminals are for "gun free zones" as they make their jobs easier. I am looking for ways to help the situation, and one way I can think of that won't cost bazillions of dollars is to revoke the 1975 Federal Gun Free Zone Act" it creates a an area that essentially outlaws defending your self. I am certainly open to other ideas, but this sounds doable and certainly more effective than banning future assault weapons sales, when there are already millions of them already out there. THAT will do zero to help the situation
dan December 28, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Steven, So, people who the government has investigated and decided that they are allowed to possess a firearm are nuts. So, should we consider teacher, who have to be certified to teach by the government, nuts. Also, the government is licenses and certifying many people who preform many activities; so, are all people licenses and who are certified should be considered nuts?
David Chase December 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
No, it's not logical to treat schools and homes in the same way. Schools and homes are different, and we have years of statistics to prove it. It's silly to get all excited about gun control because a school is attacked, but gun control is a good idea, and was before the school was attacked. A fair number of us had pretty much just given up on the idea being politically practical (e.g., Obama -- notice any action from him on guns in his first term?), but if it comes up, people like me are going to say "yes, that is a good idea". Big picture, for the amount of work it would take to make gun control work, there are bigger fish to fry -- better health care (universal health care, especially for pregnant women and young children) will prevent far more early deaths (if we could achieve Canada's quality of care, 8000/year in infant mortality alone). And I'm talking pure numbers here, just plain net death reduction.
Michael Fleming December 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Dan I've read your posts before about death reduction and the little things we can do to reduce deaths, and I totally agree. Mandatory vaccination alone would by far save more lives than banning guns, but we don't have the political will to force parents to do what is needed...so we don't. This shooting tragedy is simply a political opportunity. As you said, the window has opened and Obama is stepping through it. But let me return to the gun free zone issue. These zones are clearly not preventing crazies from doing their bad deeds. Right? The bad guys don't give a damn about any sign. If they have decided to commit heinous atrocities, do you think a sign "banning"guns will do anything to them except make them chuckle as they chamber their weapon. These aren't burglars who are motivated by money or your stereo to be stolen. They are crazed whack jobs who want to do as much damage as possible in order to get the noteriety they would not otherwise get in their loser lives. Doesn't it make sense to have SOMEONE there to have a weapon? We have guns in our homes for protection. To keep bad guys from stealing our stuff or threatening our family. Why shouldn't that logic also apply to a place where we put the most valuable things in our lives, all day? Are our TV's more valuable than our kids? Dan, if it makes sense to protect our homes with a gun, why doesn't it make sense to protect our MOST valuable possession? Bigger fish to fry? Not if it's my kid you are talking about.

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