The iSafeguard Team have put together five tips to make gift giving this Christmas a little easier and safer. Please share your own experiences and tips when buying gifts for children or young people.
1. For children under the age of five, try to avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
2. Always study the manufacturers guidelines and follow the age recommendations on products. This includes construction toys such as LEGO, science sets and video games.
3. When buying gifts for a child or young person with special needs, remember:
Due to their sensory processing, children with special needs will have specific likes and dislikes. You can ask a parent, guardian or therapist to find out what types of gifts they might enjoy.
4. If you are thinking of buying scooters, bikes or other outdoor riding toys, remember to consider helmets and the appropriate safety gear.
5.Think outside the box. Has the child or young person shown an interest in learning to play an instrument, sport or a learn a new language? Why not surprise them with classes? This can be a great way to encourage interests.