Funded by a Grant from the Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation.
This NCJW, Cleveland Section campaign aims to build awareness of and the motivation for parents and caregivers to Play It Safe when it comes to influencing, teaching, and protecting their children from violence. Based on numerous research data correlating destructive, violent play with destructive and violent behavior later in life, one aspect of the Play It Safe Campaign attempts to encourage parents/caregivers to value the use of constructive and creative play in their homes while discouraging destructive and violent play.
The second aspect of The Play It Safe Campaign is designed to combat the preventable yet overwhelmingly high number of children accidentally injured and killed each year by loaded, unsecured weapons found in homes. The campaign promotes the idea that parents and caregivers must be fully aware of the fact that there may be unsecured, loaded guns in the homes where their children visit. We believe that telling a child never to touch a gun is not enough and provides parents/caregivers with a false sense of security.. In an effort to make sure that no child is placed in danger by the possibility of finding a loaded, unsecured gun, we promote safe gun storage in all homes as well as strongly urging all parents and caregivers to ask about guns before allowing their child to visit another home.
The Play It Safe Campaign presents to parent/caregiver audiences, community event settings, and is distributing materials to pediatricians who use these materials to discuss gun safety issues with parents.
The Play It Safe Campaign will:
- Provide activity ideas for children to experience creative and constructive play
- Provide guidelines for parents about choosing imaginative and non-violent toys for their children.
- Offer opportunities for children to experience creative and constructive play (where children are present.)
- Provide opportunities for children with parent support to take a pledge that they understand the dangers of guns.At workshops designed for adult parent/caregiver participants, graphic and moving videos that illuminate our message will be shown.Using victim testimony, parents/caregivers are encouraged to become aware of the need to ask about guns in the homes that their child visits.
- Teach parents/caregivers the techniques and strategies for asking about guns in a non-confrontational and non-judgmental way.
- Offer suggestions for safe storage of guns and ammunition and have a free gun lock give-away.
- Provide a brochure explaining more about The I Will Ask aspect of our program.
- Provide a “take home” item that carries our messages.
Play It Safe Materials
- I Will Ask Brochure – Side A
- I Will Ask Brochure -Side B
- Responsible & Safe Gun Storage
- Tips to Make Asking About Guns Easier
- Magnet Give Away