We’ve heard it a thousand times, “Children are the future.” “If we hope to solve the world’s major problems — achieving world peace, healthy lives, economic development, and global sustainability — we must provide richer learning opportunities for the world’s children. An educated and creative population is, without a doubt, the best path to global health, wealth, and peace.” MIT.
Children have been learning about crime prevention by taking part in a police poster competition. A neighborhood police team fostered an anti-burglary message that will be on display in their community.
Their Sergeant stated: “We launched this competition at the school last month as a way of increasing awareness of the simple measures people can take to protect their home from burglary. We were delighted with the standard of entries and hope that the children will be able to pass on to their parents all the tips they have learnt and used in the posters.”
Brilliant! Children teaching parents. Children often display a very intuitive common sense to issues that parents sometimes complicate. They see things as they are opposed to whatever blinders or filters parents see through due to life experience, or life’s baggage.
“The winning posters will be used in the local community so you will soon see them in places like the library and shops.”
Traveling though Logan Airport in Boston I was drawn to a similar campaign that involved drug and violence prevention education. Children expressed what they viewed in their local communities as penciled and water colored art.
Consider this kind of strategy to bring attention to personal security in your community.
Keep in mind too, children may not always have the answers. Today, a 4 year old I know and love when asked if she wanted a banana for breakfast responded “It’s foggy today, I don’t like bananas on foggy days.” Or maybe she knows something I don’t.