Wis­dom of age helps keeps kids safe

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THE very young and youn­gat-heart have joined forces in a new 12-month pro­gram aimed at re­duc­ing avoid­able in­juries in young chil­dren and se­niors.

This week the KIDS Foun­da­tion launched its Con­nect­ing Gen­er­a­tions — Adopt a Grand-Buddy pro­gram, where the older gen­er­a­tion shares its wis­dom in avoid­ing in­juries with kids.

“We’re not an or­gan­i­sa­tion that’s about bub­ble-wrap­ping and he­li­copter par­ent­ing, we’re very much about ‘let’s get the kids out there do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­ences,’ so they can re­ally make judg­ments them­selves,” KIDS Foun­da­tion founder and di­rec­tor Dr Susie O’Neill said.

She’s found the young­sters look out for their older friends, too.

The pro­gram aims to teach the chil­dren about more than just safety.

“We thought why don’t we teach them how to have great re­la­tion­ships with — and re­spect — the el­derly, their par­ents and other friends?” Dr O’Neill said.

Pic­ture: GLENN FER­GU­SON

STAY­ING SAFE: Topsy Shew, 94, with Toby Hawker and Hamish McMil­lan and Seemor the mas­cot.

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