Since 1996, children in Roots of Empathy classes have been learning how to protect babies from harm. They become child advocates bringing these public health/safety messages to their friends and families. These messages stay with them for life.
Below is a list of the Roots of Empathy Safety Message brochures.
- Never Shake a Baby
- Back to Sleep – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)
- Second Hand Smoke
In Roots of Empathy, we believe that children will break intergenerational cycles of violence and poor parenting. The public health messages they learn about protection, both inside and outside the womb, will form their actions in their childhood and adult life. They become advocates for babies bringing these messages to family and neighbours. The beauty of a child bringing a message of safety whether it be protecting a baby’s lungs from the damage of smoke or preventing the invasive damage of alcohol to an unborn baby, is in the innocence and forthrightness that is unique to childhood.
These safety messages are delivered to elementary school children in the Roots of Empathy program.
There may be those who feel that elementary school children are too young to hear safety messages cautioning about potential harm to babies. All public health messages that we deliver through the Roots of Empathy Curriculum are developmentally appropriate. They are designed to inform and not frighten. Even at the tender age of five, children become voices for their Roots of Empathy baby and generalize that advocacy to all babies, even those unborn. We should never underestimate the power of a child’s voice to bring an adult to responsible action.
All of our Roots of Empathy Safety Message brochures incorporate the wisdom of the children through the medium of their artwork. These brochures are available in English and French and will soon be available for purchase.