School safety campaign 'about reducing risks, not fun'

SAFETY in Schools Week is not about "stifling fun" but rather encouraging children to reduce accident risks through thinking about potential hazards, Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek says.

He said it was important Queensland school curriculums included risk assessment and management to ensure young people knew how to act in dangerous situations.

Premier Campbell Newman said this week was an opportunity for teachers to open up discussions about "what's safe and what's not".

"Classrooms provide a safe and creative environment for our children to learn about harmful situations,"  Mr Newman said.

"While child safety is principally the responsibility of adults, this week recognises that children have a great capacity to assess potential risks for themselves when they've been made aware of safety issues.

The Premier joined students at a Brisbane school on Friday to discuss safety themes children deal with included home and farm safety, road safety, water safety, school safety, lifesaving and CPR.

Schools interested in participating can register and access resources at www.kidsafeqld.com.au.



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