Keep Watch - From 6 to 16 years
As our children grow they become exposed to various risks.
By understanding your child’s developmental life stage you can be better prepared to deal with the various risks and specific age groups.
6 TO 10 YEARS
Every year nine children between the ages of 6 and 10 years drown in Australia. 71% of children who drown in this age group are boys. Inland waterways such as rivers and
lakes are the location where the highest number of drowning deaths occur.
As children increasingly engage with their peers, they still require a high level of supervision from parents and carers. Children can overestimate their own ability and
underestimate risks to their safety.
ACTIONS TO PREVENT YOUR 6-10 YEAR OLD FROM DROWNING INCLUDE:
- Constant active supervision is required.
- Be prepared to get wet and enter the water.
- Continue learn to swim lessons with qualified instructors.
- Children to gain supervised experience in different aquatic environments.
- Adults to model safe behaviours around water.
- Update your CPR skills annually.
11 TO 16 YEARS
Every year eight teenagers between the ages of 11 and 16 years drown in Australia. 45% occur in inland waterways such as rivers, lakes and dams. Over two thirds are male.
In this age group, teenagers become more independent and supervision may also be provided by peers and lifeguards. A strong urge to comply with the morals and behaviours
of their peer group can lead to risk taking behaviour. The influence of drugs and alcohol can also increase a teenager’s risk of drowning during these years.
ACTIONS TO PREVENT YOUR 11-16 YEAR OLD FROM DROWNING INCLUDE:
- Parents to discourage risk taking behaviouraround water.
- Teenagers to learn survival and rescue skills.
- Parents to discuss dangers of alcohol and drugs with aquatic activity.
- Parents to continue to model and reinforce safe behaviours around water.
- Teenagers to learn CPR and emergency skills.