Parents and caregivers must provide adequate supervision of children while they are in the home. Injuries often happen when caregivers are not directly supervising young children.
Direct supervision means that a caregiver is within arm’s reach and is watching what the child is doing. The younger and/or more impulsive the child, the more important it is to stay within reach of the child so the caregiver can move quickly to stop behaviours that might result in an injury.
Caregivers who are attuned to their children’s skills and abilities will know when it is safe to give more freedom. A child who is three years old requires very different supervision than a child who is eight. Supervision can change depending on the child’s developmental stage and individual needs. Effective supervision means the right combination of physical closeness to the child and attention to what the child is doing.
For more information, visit Injury Prevention throughout Ages and Stages.