Things have changed a lot since we were kids. When I was young I knew all my neighbours and could walk into anyone’s house throughout the day. Now, however, with our cities transforming so quickly, that old community feeling has slowly got lost. Without so many familiar faces looking out for my child, I must teach her to understand safety for herself.
Stories are a great way for young children to explore the concept of safety. A good story can transport a child into the world of a character and possible situations they encounter and how they take small and simple precautions, step by step, as they explore the world around them.
Through the eyes of the character, they will be able to understand the consequences of certain actions and how to learn from their mistakes.
From the Kutuki story - 'No Not Yet'
“No, Not Yet” is one of these stories about a little girl called Ki. Adventurous little Ki gets super excited when she sees something new. In this story, she encounters many everyday situations in India, inside and outside the house, that teach her how to wait and watch.
From learning what to do before drinking piping hot milk, to learning how to be equipped to go out and have fun in the rain or learning when it is ok to cross the road. Ki’s experiences with Amma by her side slowly guide children towards taking small safety precautions on their own. In her excitement to do things, Ki asks her mum, “Can I do this? Can I do that?” Initially her mother tells her to wait a while: “No, not yet”.
But as the short story progresses, we see Ki learning for herself how to judge when the time is right; she learns how to observe things and protect herself. By the end, little Ki is able to take care of herself, while having fun. And if she feels she is not ready, she knows its ok to say ‘No Not Yet’
Get your children mimicking and thinking about what they can do to keep safe and healthy – watch No, Not Yet and start chatting about safety with your little one.