Since 2005, children in Seeds of Empathy centres 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 Seeds of Empathy Safety Message brochures:
- Never Shake a Baby
- Back to Sleep - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
In Seeds of Empathy, we believe that children will break intergenerational cycles of violence and poor parenting. The public health messages they learn about protection will inform their actions in 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 is in the innocence and forthrightness that is unique to childhood.
These safety messages are delivered in Seeds of Empathy child care centres to children three to five years of age.
There may be those who feel that three- to five-year-olds are too young to hear safety messages cautioning about potential harm to babies. All public health messages that we deliver through the Seeds of Empathy Curriculum are developmentally appropriate. They are designed to inform and not frighten. Even at the tender age of three, children become voices for their Seeds of Empathy baby and generalize that advocacy to all babies. We should never underestimate the power of a child's voice to bring an adult to responsible action.
All of our Seeds of Empathy Safety Message brochures incorporate the wisdom of the children through the medium of their artwork. These brochures will soon be available for purchase.