Images - Playground safety
Introduction and use of images
The images and messages depicted are the most common ways that children 0-6 are injured in playgrounds. For each scenario, there is a negative message that shows what could happen (e.g. a child being strangled with their scarf caught at the top of the slide) and for some, a less negative message that shows the potential of a serious injury (e.g. a child about to press hand down on broken glass sticking out of the sand). These images have a corresponding positive image that shows what can be done in the environment to prevent that injury (e.g. caregiver checking playground surface for hazards before letting child play). Some of the images have been focus group tested by caregivers who are new to Canada, young parents, Aboriginal caregivers or those with lower literacy.
Some caregivers indicated they needed to see the most negative image to get them thinking about the issue, while others only needed to see a less negative message. Still others only needed to see the positive message to “get the message” about what they could do to prevent this injury to their child. For some messages, only one, or a combination image is included to depict that situation, depending on what caregivers suggested.
We know that education alone does not change behavior. We need to start the discussion from the caregiver’s own needs and situation and help them work through their own solutions to their ultimate goal- keeping their baby/young child safe. We need to ensure they have access to the equipment and resources, as well as the knowledge, to minimize the risk of injury as their child grows. These images are just one additional discussion tool in that larger process.
How to use the images?
These images can be useful in starting discussion about what caregivers know about how to prevent injury and to problem-solve around the barriers they encounter in keeping their children safe. The images can also be integrated into other resources that you create, such as posters, calendars, displays, etc.
- To download each image, right-click on the small size or large size link and then select "save the image" OR "download the image" to a folder on your computer.
- NOTE: Small size is low resolution. Large size is high resolution. Download time may vary and will depend on your computer, internet connection and speed.