Protecting Your Kids

It’s 9/11, and many of us have terrorism on our minds. It’s amazing how much our lives have changed since that terrible day 13 years ago. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that our families are less likely to be harmed by terrorists than by accidents that happen in our own homes and neighborhoods.

Taking the pledge to do their best in the Kidzwatch Academy

Taking the pledge to do their best in the Kidzwatch Academy

That’s why I am so thankful to the La Mesa Police Department for developing the KIDZWATCH Academy — a child safety program that helps families understand the importance of being aware of their surroundings, how to identify dangerous people and potentially hazardous situations, how to handle a fire emergency, to be safe around water and how to avoid dangers in nature.

 

Mal learning how to help someone who is drowning.

Mal learning how to help someone who is drowning.

Our whole family participated in KIDZWATCH a few months ago, and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Mal and Gage got hands-on experience placing a 911 call and explaining their mock emergency to the training operator on the other end of the line.

Kids dialed 911 and gave their emergency to the ATT training operator who walked them through what to do to be safe.

Kids dialed 911 and gave their emergency to the AT&T training operator who walked them through what to do in case of emergency.

They crawled out of a smokey fire trailer. They learned about stranger-danger and self defense techniques for kids. They discovered how to identify a poisonous snake with help from Mission Trails rangers.

 

Gage crawling to escape a smokey room.

Gage learning to crawl to escape a smokey room.

La Mesa firefighters taught them how to stop, drop & roll as well as what a fireman in full protective gear looks like. Apparently some kids become afraid and run from firemen instead of to safety.

La Mesa firefighters taught them how to stop, drop & roll as well as what a fireman in full protective gear looks like. Apparently some kids become afraid and run from firemen instead of to safety.

KIDZWATCH is designed for children ages 6-11 AND their parents. It’s a free 6-class program involving professional lifeguards, fire fighters, park rangers and police. Kids get a behind-the-scenes tour of the La Mesa Police Department and jail, get to climb into a La Mesa fire truck, get to swim in the community pool, hike Mission Trails Regional Park and have fun with their friends while learning some incredibly important life lessons.

IMG_5607

KIDZWATCH is free and completely invaluable. Sadly, it is only open to residents of La Mesa or to children who attend school in La Mesa. If you know someone who meets this criteria, please forward this information to them. The next KIDZWATCH Academy begins on Thursday, September 18th at 6 p.m. For more information contact Marla Kingkade at 619-667-1441   or  mkingkade@ci.la-mesa.ca.usDownload this form to participate.

One thought on “Protecting Your Kids

  1. Stacey says:

    Do they have to attend public school in La Mesa, or can they attend private? This sounds very valuable!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *