Teaching Kids Self-Defense

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    I don't have kids and have wondered what other parents do. Do you go over with them scenarios and how to protect themselves past Stranger Danger? Or is it too scary?

    We had a horrible incident a few cities over last night where a man tied-up and shot a whole family including the kids looking for his ex-wife who was the mother's sister. One little girl survived. She was shot in the head but pretended to play dead and called 911 when he left because he was on his way to kill the grandparents. Amazing really when you think about it.

    Do you teach kids things like that? To play dead or hide if they hear something like that in the house instead of going to investigate. I think I would if I were a parent, but then again sometimes things are different when you actually are. It's just such a scary world out there right now. :(
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    I don't have kids, but when I was a young teen, I took a self defense class at my local community center. When I was younger, I also had tried a karate class. I wish I had liked the karate class much better because I wish I had a black belt in it now!
     
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    I took my kids to a course on personal safety. They learned through scenarios which were very vague. For example, repeat that you need to go get your parent's permission before letting a stranger pet your dog in your yard. They also had hands-on demonstrations with a suited-up "attacker."

    Being aware that things happen is one thing, but overly scary scenarios are probably unnecessary.

    With my students, I teach them about consent! Ask for a hug, or to give a hug, before rushing into someone, for example. The parents thank me.
     
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    I remember I went to a self defense class when I was maybe 9 or 10 in my Girl Scout troop. We learned what to do if someone tried to grab us, did take us, etc. I think it was good to learn and they made it a lot of fun!
     
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    My school has child assault prevention teams come in to teach lessons. It's a great program.:thumb:
     
  7. KinderCowgirl

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    OMG I remember that too from Girl Scouts! I still tell people about the one where most people, if someone grabs their arm they just pull against it and can't get them to let go. But if you turn your arm or wrist, then you are only working against fewer fingers and it's easier to pull away. Those were valuable lessons.
     
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    Personal safety is a part of our health curriculum at every grade level. With the older students, we spend a lot of time talking about cyber-safety, but we also discuss ways the students can keep themselves safe in a variety of situations.
     
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    Never learned about it in school, but I think my parents gave us basic instructions on what to do - like hide in the deep closet in our room if someone came in the house (We have a very very deep closet in our room that is built into the wall, because when they were building the room, I came three months early and they needed to get the room finished quickly in case I got to come home soon after my birth - so they had to cut some corners to get it done quickly - like turn the space above the stairs into a closet)
     
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    My parents taught me safety things growing up, but I think it's hard to prepare for every situation. We definitely talked about some "scary" scenarios- like my mom would always tell me that if someone showed me a gun or a weapon in public, never go with them because you're a lot safer in front of all those people than going off with someone who has a gun. If something came up in the news my mom would talk to me about what I could do in that situation. I remember once there was a big story about a girl who had gone home after school and a repair man or something was in her house and tried to get her to leave the house with him. She said that she had to call her dad every day after school to let him know she was home, so the guy let her and she called 911 and pretended she was talking to her dad, and they figured it out. I don't remember being that scared because as a kid it seemed so improbable that anything would actually happen. I have a friend at work who has taught her kids to run to any woman they see with kids (assuming the mom is not around herself, of course) if they feel they are in danger and tell her. She figured that's always a safe bet.
     

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