Teaching Kids First Aid, Safety Procedures, and Accident Prevention Using The Red Cross App

The Red Cross app shows kids all kinds of hazards and accidents that can happen to them if they don't pay attention to signs and warnings.

The Red Cross app shows kids all kinds of hazards and accidents that can happen to them if they don't pay attention to signs and warnings.

Have you ever wondered how you would teach your kids about first aid and safety procedures to prevent accidents? Do you have difficulty telling them the kinds of hazards that they’re exposed to everyday?

If you say yes to any of these questions, you’d love this unique Red Cross app that helps you explain about safety procedures and first aid. It chooses 11 common accident scenarios that may happen at home or other places that kids might visit. Set aside some time to go through these scenarios with your kids — it’s really worth it.

11 Common Accident Scenarios to Avoid

When you start the app, you can choose from three main locations: at home, at public places, or on the road. Even though you can start from anywhere and any activity, I’d recommend you to start from the first activity on the first location and moving sequentially. You can always access the menu and choose a specific activity later.

The first location shows all common accidents that can occur at home, such as accidentally drinking a toxic chemical, getting your finger burned from touching the stove, accidentally cutting yourself when using a knife, and slipping and falling in the shower. The app will first show you what would happen before showing how you should act and who to call when it turns into an emergency.

For example, when you burn your hand from touching a hot stove, you should immediately cool it under running water. Another example shows how you can put an anti-slip mat and a dry towel in the bathroom to avoid injuries.

In the next set of activities, you can find other common accidents that might happen as you go outside the house. For example, bumping your head from diving into a shallow pool and getting a sunburn because you forgot to wear a hat and put on some sunblock.

The app encourages kids to prevent these accidents by showing safety practices and how to act in an emergency situation. It reduces their risks of encountering these common accidents by recognizing these everyday hazards.

My favorite parts are the ones where kids are shown how to behave properly while in the car, while trying to step out of the car, and while trying to cross the street. These are common scenarios that can happen to anyone, and the app shows how kids should behave in these situations.

Parents Need to Know

This app is the result of a collaboration between The Red Cross and Dada Company. Their aim was to create a text-free and illustrative way to teach a global audience of kids ages 6+. I have to say, they have done a great job at it.

I'd suggest you go through all the 11 scenarios in this app with your kids. Even though some details may differ from one country or family to the next, the main ideas are still valid everywhere. For example, everyone should keep chemical toxics away from food or anything edible. The yellow and red warning signs are universal enough that kids can recognize variants of them when they encounter them in the real world.

Red Cross is available for free, and doesn't require any Internet connection. It doesn't have any ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.

I can't remember how many times I've stressed this warning to my kids, but showing this accident from within the Red Cross app to them is much more effective than any previous attempts I've made to explain this situation to them.

I can't remember how many times I've stressed this warning to my kids, but showing this accident from within the Red Cross app to them is much more effective than any previous attempts I've made to explain this situation to them.

Things I Like

Red Cross really helps me to illustrate and simulate the kinds of problems and accidents that might involve my kids. Going through the app with my six-year-old Philip helps him to understand why I’ve always insisted on him putting the seat belt on, stepping out from the safe side of the car, and looking around before crossing the street. I think the value that I can get out of this app is life-saving. That alone worths everything in the world.

In addition to making itself available in many different languages — including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Russian — the app also allows you to enter the appropriate emergency number for your country. If you’re not familiar with those numbers, you can visit the Wikipedia link included in the Parent zone. This number will then be used whenever an emergency scenario in the app requires you to call for help. This allows your kids to be more familiar with that phone number.

The app allows you to define your local emergency number and use it throughout the app to ensure your kids will remember it.

The app allows you to define your local emergency number and use it throughout the app to ensure your kids will remember it.

Conclusion

Red Cross is a great app that can help parents everywhere to teach their kids how to prevent accidents by showing how an accident might happen -- even in the comfort of their homes. Kids can also learn how to provide assistance should they encounter their friends or family members having an accident. The app is free and I believe everyone should have a copy at hand.

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App was provided for our honest review.