Don’t shield children from hearing about natural disasters
Sept. 20, 2017
The best way to educate students in current events and natural disasters, is to involve them in perfecting early warning systems within their schools, according to Erik Francis, owner of Maverick Education.
Rather than shield students from the harsh realities of natural disasters, Texas schools have now implemented “earthquake education.” Francis believes that keeping children knowledgeable about the possibilities is the best way to predict, prevent and protect them from tragedy.
Because of the enormous amounts of movies and books involving natural disasters, many children have become desensitized to the idea that these disasters are possible. According to Francis, fantasy becomes reality for children when they hear their parents talking about current events. Francis says adults should encourage children to explore these issues using the internet wisely and by teaching them to identify credible sources.
In response to the issue of cyber bullying, Francis says we should encourage students to be cautious with what they engage in on the internet. “The power of words, especially when it’s online, that lasts forever.”