On the Safe Side

On the Safe Side is the annual safety education program of Children’s Trust for elementary-age children, their families and teachers. Organized around specific injury-risk areas, materials include safety tips, lesson plans, online quiz, web resources and take-home posters. The posters feature student art and include tips for staying safe, a safety pledge, interactive games and activities. 

We are currently re-evaluating several components of this program, including the art contest and printed poster delivery.  We have decided to take the necessary time to ensure our work is having an impact and our resources are working towards behavior changes to keep South Carolina’s children free from injuries.  With evolving habits around how people prefer to receive information, we’ll also explore the best way to deliver safety messages.  For these reasons, we have suspended the art contest and poster reservations for the 2015-2016 school year. 

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Safety Resources by Risk Area

Check out our safety information regarding pedestrians, child passenger safety, residential fire, railroad, off-road vehicles, guns, scalds and burns, sports and recreation, poisons, bicycles, water safety, and playgrounds. Materials are available for students, teachers and families.

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  • Posters for Children
    Downloadable posters for each risk area, feature child-targeted safety messages, puzzles and more.

  • Lesson Plans for Teachers
    Check out our lesson plans, written for specific grades and based on S.C. education standards.

  • Safety Tips for Families
    Resources, available in English and Spanish, to help adults know best how to keep children safe.



Online Safety Quiz

This online interactive quiz helps students learn and reinforces important safety messages.

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Become a Sponsor

From serving as a program sponsor to supporting a specific risk area, your support will demonstrate your commitment to the safety of our children. Learn more about the specific opportunities and benefits of participation.

Contact Adrienne Bellinger, chief development officer, at 803-744-4043 or abellinger@scchildren.org for more information.