Parents should keep their kids at home with them, but the best way to protect them is to have a plan in place, said the chief executive officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Parents should be making sure they have a set of tools that can be utilized when there is an incident.
The tools that should be deployed are those that have the most impact,” Dr. Jeffrey P. Friedland, president of the AAP, said on MSNBC.
He said it was the role of teachers to make sure they knew how to intervene if something went wrong.
Dr. Friedlander, who is also a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, said a lot of the time, people don’t know how to talk to children.
He told the program that if they don’t have a conversation with a child, it’s a sign they’re being irresponsible.
He said there are some schools that have had problems with inappropriate behavior in the past, but that these schools are usually ones that are doing something that is proactive and trying to prevent things from happening in the future.
“In those cases, we have a system in place that can help prevent these types of things in the first place,” he said.
He added that the AAP recommends schools to make certain their staff has the necessary training to handle these situations.
“We want to make it easy for people to have that type of conversation,” he added.