November is Child Safety Month, and let’s be honest – you’ve probably heard it all before:

“Don’t let your child take candy from strangers”

“Don’t let your child wander out of your sight”

“Make sure your child knows their name/phone number/address”

…and the list goes on and on. Now, this is all great advice, and tips that every parent should know. But this November, what about thinking of safety more proactively? “Safety” doesn’t just mean keeping your safe from immediate physical harm. It also means working as a parent to make sure your child is developing healthily, in a way that keeps them safe from getting into harmful situations or making poor decisions.

Increasing parental involvement in a child’s education is statistically tied to higher achievement in school and lower negative outcomes, and one of the best methods of engaging with your child is by helping with homework. According to the Center for Public Education, students ranging from kindergarten all the way through high school show higher grades when homework assignments consistently engaged children with their parents or family members. Whether by asking your child to explain a concept or helping your teenager with an essay, engaged parents are proven to help create more engaged students.

As valuable as it may be, helping with homework is not the only way a parent can engage with their child’s education. Proper parent communication and engagement with their child’s school and educators – including teacher check-ins, a daily focus on attendance, and proactively obtaining school contact information – results in increased academic achievement, lower rates of absenteeism, and fewer disciplinary actions. Simply put, parent engagement in their child’s education makes children less likely to get into trouble, and we don’t need to explain to you how keeping a child out of trouble helps keep them safe!

Proactive Parental Engagement

Proactive parental engagement hasn’t always been easy. Twice-a-year parent-teacher conferences, newsletters send home with your child on the bus, a call from the principal if things really got out of hand – beyond this, it’s always been up to the parents to check in and make sure that their child is doing well. But with the internet, smartphones, and our always-connected lifestyles, it’s easier than ever to make sure your child is staying out of academic danger. New apps like PreciouStatus help you stay in the loop on a daily basis, offering mobile daily sheets, updates on your child’s activities, attendance, and even direct communication from teachers and administrators with photos, classroom notes, school announcements, and more. Stop worrying about what you’re missing while your child is in school. Set them up for success, security, and safety throughout their life by staying connected during their education. If your school doesn’t offer the tools to keep you well-connected, suggest PreciouStatus as an app to increase parental engagement, and have them call (888) 959-8982 today to learn more about the #1 app for connecting parents and teachers.

Source: http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Public-education/Parent-Involvement/Parent-Involvement.html