Bulletproof Backpacks For Kids (6 Tips To Keep Your Children Safe At School)

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Six Tips for Keeping Children Safe at School

It’s a sad reality that we have to worry about keeping children safe at school. What’s the best way to ensure student safety at school without frightening your children? Here are some ideas.

Need a quick rundown? Here’s the outline of Bulletproof Backpacks For Kids (6 Tips To Keep Your Children Safe At School):

1. Get Them There Safely

2. Set Up an Emergency Plan

3. Monitor Their Social Media

4. Foster Positive Values

5. Teach Your Kids to Speak Up

6. Bulletproof Backpacks and Clothing

Keeping Children Safe at School

1. Get Them There Safely

Make sure your kids are safe before they get to school. If your children walk or bike to school, help them map out a safe route. Teach them to avoid vacant lots, abandoned buildings or areas that are not well-populated.

If they take the school bus, teach them how to wait in a safe space and how to board it correctly. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, bullying frequently starts on school buses:

“Ask children about their bus: Who they sit with, who they talk to and what the other kids do. Let them know that if they see someone being bullied, or are bullied themselves, they can talk to you, the bus driver or another trusted adult.”

I’m still amazed when my grown children talk about situations that occurred when they were in school. When I ask why they didn’t tell me at the time a situation was happening, their response is always they same. They assumed the adults knew what was going on.

You have to ask, and keep asking.

Know the Numbers

Every child should know your work number, cell number and the numbers of other trusted adults. It’s a good idea to write these down on a card that your child can carry at all times. You can also program numbers into your child’s cell phone.

2. Set Up an Emergency Plan

Every family needs an emergency plan in case of natural disaster, attack, power outage or other dangerous situations. You never know when disaster can strike. Having a plan helps keep everyone from panicking and saves you valuable time.

Every family member should:

  • Know where the family meeting place is.
  • Have a fully charged, working cell phone.
  • Know alternate routes to get home.
  • Know where the exits are in every public place.

As a classroom teacher, I would spend time the first or second day of school each year reviewing safety measures with my classes. I’d open the floor to student questions, and often invite our Resource Officer in to field questions if it seemed appropriate.

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) has excellent suggestions on planning for every type of emergency. It’s a great idea to establish a plan and run practice drills with your family.

3. Monitor Their Social Media

Schools and law enforcement don’t treat social media posts about violence as a joke. On the contrary, school security officials are taking these jokes and threats very seriously. Across the country, law enforcement officials are arresting teens who post troubling material on their social media.

If your child is active on social media, monitor their use of it regularly. Make sure they understand that jokes about blowing up the school, killing teachers or hurting other students are not acceptable and could get them in serious trouble.

4. Foster Positive Values

Derek Maul at AllProDad offers advice that isn’t about buying protective gear or involving law enforcement. His advice is to foster prosocial behavior in your children. For instance, teach your children to be kind to kids who are being bullied at school. Student safety at school starts with ending the dangerous “bully culture.”

Be Open to Your Child’s Struggles

He also says that you should be a parent who’s open to anything your child is struggling with. We know from news reports that many people who commit violent crimes were struggling with mental health issues.

Some of them were involved in groups that promote violence, conspiracy theories or hatred of other people. If your child is having contact with this type of group, you need to know it so that you can intervene.

“Children need to know that they can come to their parents with anything,” Maul writes. “Once any topic becomes taboo, it opens up the possibility that parents don’t want to know what’s going on in their kids’ lives. Like it or not, parents must have information at their fingertips. If you tend to react and repress certain topics, that’s a move away from safety.”

5. Teach Your Kids to Speak Up

Steve Albrecht is a former police officer, a psychologist and an expert on school and workplace violence. In an article for Psychology Today, he stresses that most school shooters telegraph their intentions ahead of time. He points to findings by the FBI and Secret Service that almost all school shooters first tested the waters by talking about people they wanted to kill.

It’s crucial to teach your children to speak up if they hear anything suspicious. It might just be joking or bragging with no real intention to do harm, but it might also be a signal that someone plans to take action.

Know Who Your Child’s Friends Are

Albrecht suggests keeping an eye on your child’s friends.

“You can talk to your child about making good choices and staying away from other kids who are fighters, bullies, overly aggressive, thugs, gang members, thieves, dopers, weapons possessors, chronic rule-breakers and teacher-challengers,” he writes.

“But while the loud ones may want to cause problems, the quiet ones, the social misfits, and the angry or depressed loners may want to take lives.”

6. Bulletproof Backpacks and Clothing

The growing fear about student safety at school has led some people to think that bulletproof clothing is the only answer. Fashion designers and specialty retailers are selling bulletproof jackets, hoodies and backpacks to worried parents.

A Misguided Move

Damian Ross, owner of the Self Defense Company, thinks that the rush to buy bulletproof items for children is misguided.

Although his company sells self-defense training and bulletproof gear, he points out that most people don’t realize what they’re buying.

There are several levels of bullet protection ranging from Type 2A to Type 4. Only Type 4 can protect against the assault rifles that some school shooters have used.

“People are purchasing backpacks that are level 3A protection,” Ross writes. “Our factory is getting flooded with calls and emails. Before you purchase anything, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting, because that 3A level backpack ain’t stopping an assault rifle.”

In fact, an assault rifle “will go through that backpack like butter.”

Communication Is Key

It’s clear that a big part of keeping children safe at school is keeping the lines of communication open. Know who your children’s friends are, who they talk to on social media, what they talk about and what’s bothering them. You’ll gain valuable knowledge that can protect your child from harm.

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8 thoughts on “Bulletproof Backpacks For Kids (6 Tips To Keep Your Children Safe At School)”

  1. Thanks for this advice. I think its good to get a bulletproof back pack just in case! But I really think that bullying is one of the biggest threats. Also sometimes kids don’t get the help they need. I was bullied in school and didn’t even know I could ask anyone for help. so I appreciate #4 on this list. I would want my kids to know they could come to me if anything was wrong and I wouldn’t judge or criticize them. I would only listen and try to help if they wanted. 

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    • Bullying is such an issue, and many kids just don’t or won’t say anything.  I think many of them just don’t realize that what they are going through is wrong.  Many also think everyone else knows what’s going on.  The only way to change this is for parents and teachers to keep letting children know they can ask for help and be taken seriously.

      Thanks so much for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

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  2. Hello Nancy, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. Just like you said it is very important to sit and talk with kids as they usually won’t say anything till you ask, I know that from personal experience. You mention a school bus, I forget about that, I will pay more attention as lately my son wants me to drive him to school instead of getting on the bus, strange.

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    • Hi Daniel, I’m glad you found the article informative.  There are all kinds of reasons your son could want you to drive him to school instead of sending him on the bus.  It’s probably something simple like uncomfortable seats, but I hope you take the opportunity to talk with him about it.  There could be a situation you need to get involved in to help him solve.  

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!  

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  3. Someone finally brought up this topic. My sister actually came to the house one day and said she wanted one because it had become a trend and she wanted to feel among too. But honestly, do those bags really have bulletproof? I think if they were really hard core bulletproof then they’ll be very expensive. 

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    • If you’re really planning to buy a bulletproof backpack, you need to read the descriptions carefully.  A quick search on the internet shows there are bullet-resistant backpacks that sell for around $100 available.  The heavier bulletproof versions are selling in the $200 to $500 range.  Some of these versions do not offer protection from assault-type rifles, so as I mentioned above, know what you’re buying.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

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  4. Thank you for writing! I hate the fact that we have come to the need to look at these products and discuss these issues. You bring up some good points. Parents really need to pay attention and open up communication with their children. If they do not then they may not know what is going on inside their head, and sometimes they can even be posting it online. Some issues that children and teens go through can just be caused by them not having a way to get help or talk through their issues. It can happen to any child. No parent should think that their child can’t have problems or that they would never need to talk or get help. Sometimes parents need to have difficult conversations with their children, even if they do not like it. I agree with all of the points you brought up and the information you included about the bullet-proof backpacks. I did not know that these did not have the full protection level that kids might need. It sounds like a marketing scheme to get parents to buy their product without them looking into it. Thank you again for writing!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the article.  It is a sad moment that we even need to consider these topics.  Like all things, this will pass.  The problem is getting through it safely.  

      I believe the thing that will help the most is for parents to talk with their children.  The schools can do their part, but it’s really up to the parents to create and maintain open conversations with their children.

      Thanks so much for the kind words, and for joining the conversation.  I appreciate it!

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