Warning Signs in Schools
All you need to understand the use of warning signs in schools to monitor children behaviours
There can be a probability that you have not given too much attention to school signs unless you work at some primary or secondary educational establishment. However, when you think back to your school days (hopefully with a hint of fondness!), you will remember what a pivotal role was played by signage in your day to day life.
Using warning signs in schools
Firstly let’s state the obvious – school signs are needed to let people know where classrooms and amenities are. For instance think of how hard it is just to find the gents’ toilets when they are not marked, let alone the year eight science lab in a block full of similar rooms. School signs have a major role to play in September when pupils join for their first year at a new school and need to find their bearings. Firstly the school itself needs to have clear signage at its main entrance, so everyone knows where it is. Different department blocks also need to be marked to help them find their way to the right part of the school and classrooms should be represented by corresponding school signs outside to prevent multiple class disruptions from pupils unwittingly entering the wrong room. The cafeteria is one of the most important school signs which need to be made, as are the sports hall and the staff room – not to mention the head’s office!
Signs for schools are also vital in dictating the behavior of students. Certain rooms are only meant to be accessed by staff and support staff, so in such uncertain terms, there needs to be a sign outside telling pupils they must not enter. School signs are often used for exterior applications such as warning people not to walk on the grass in a certain area. It would be a wise idea to handout magnets with warning signs. Companies which are competitive can provide printing magnets that will help you provide these warning signs.
Warning signs in schools about sexual abuse
In the United States today there are startling statistics on the sexual abuse of children. Studies show that as many as one in three females under the age of eighteen are likely to be sexually victimized at some point in their childhood, with the results on males being about half that with one in six. More so now than ever, our institutions are educating our nation’s children on all types of abuse, and most importantly teaching them to tell teachers, school counselors, and parents about any inappropriate behavior they experience. This type of abuse is so common, entire treatment programs and facilities are opening to treat children for the emotional scars of the abuse they have suffered through. Despite the overwhelming number of support groups and treatment facilities filled with these children, as many as 88% percents of abuse cases are still said to go unreported.
While physical abuse may result in broken bones and bruises that are visible, sexual abuse is a silent and hidden epidemic. As in physical and emotional abuse cases, children often feel incredible amounts of guilt and shame. They may believe that the abuse was their fault, and abusers will often tell children this to convince them to keep quiet. Others often threaten the child’s family and friends, warning them that physical harm will come to the ones they love if they tell anyone about what is happening. Many of the signs and symptoms are emotionally based and harder to understand. Paying close attention to sudden changes in behavior, attitude, and self-esteem can help discover abuse sooner. Physical signs of abuse that may be easier to identify are problems with sitting or walking properly, the apparent avoidance of a certain person, running away from home or an attempt to do so and avoidance of changing clothes or being dressed in front of others.
While many parents and caregivers will fail to understand these warning signs and fail to address the possibility of abuse until a medical or psychological professional becomes involved, taking all sudden changes in behavior seriously can drastically cut down on time it may take to identify the problem. And this early identification could make all the difference in the long-term side effects a child will suffer into their adult years. Experts say that the sooner the behavior is stopped and the emotional effects treated, the better the outlook becomes for children of abuse.