Child Safety: Must read children’s books on safety


Selfies, Sexts And Smartphones – A Teenager’s Online Survival Guide – Emma Sadlier and Lizzie Harrison. This book is a must read for teenagers and parents. In fact, it is a book everyone should read. In a time where everything is online, this book covers all of the major issues teenagers face in the digital age, including cyberbullying, sexting, addiction, internet safety, porn, anxiety, depression, privacy and reputation, and does so within a South African context. Accessible, informative and even fun, this book will help guide you to a happy, rewarding and, most importantly, safe online life.


A Little Book About Safety –  Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller. This book is written for our younger demographics, with a refreshingly empowering approach. A Little Book About Safety tackles the tough topic of kids personal safety in a gentle, memorable way. When adorable little Hugo Hippo heads out for a day of fun with his family at The Happy Herd Community Pool, he is confronted by all sorts of opportunities to make choices about his own safety. He learns to trust his own Uh-Oh Feeling when something feels too scary; he remembers to Check First with a safe adult before going anywhere unexpected; and he learns exactly what to do in case he gets lost. In this colourful story full of lovable characters and relatable situations, young kids will absorb essential tools and tips to keep themselves safe.


Body Safety Education: A Parents’ Guide to Protecting Kids from Sexual Abuse – Jayneen Sanders. No parent ever wants to think about this, but it’s a reality that we need to be aware of and empower our children with the correct knowledge to protect themselves. This book is a parents’ guide to protecting kids from sexual abuse, through a step-by-step guide for parents on how to protect children from sexual abuse through personal Body Safety Education. This guide contains simple, practical and age-appropriate ideas, as well as important information. Body Safety knowledge empowers children. It goes a long way to keeping them safe from sexual abuse, and ensuring they grow up as assertive and confident teenagers and adults.


Topsy and Tim: Safety First – Jean Adamson. A fun series of books for the younger demographic that sees Topsy and Tim finding fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim: Safety First, the children learn about all kinds of things regarding safety, including crossing the road, playing safely in the garden and using their special booster seats in the car! A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through ‘first experiences’, Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child’s bookshelves.


Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child, 9th Edition – Lynn Marotz. We love this book because it covers contemporary health, safety, and nutrition needs of infants through to school-age children in one comprehensive, full-color volume. Concepts are backed by the latest research findings and linked to NAEYC standards. Early childhood educators, professionals, and families will find the latest research and information on many topics of significant concern, including food safety, emergency and disaster preparedness, childhood obesity, children’s mental health, bullying, resilience, chronic and acute health conditions, environmental quality, and children with special medical needs. Also provided are easy-to-access checklists, guidelines, and activities that no early childhood student or professional should be without.



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