Safety topics discussed in meetings need not be limited to workplace issues. We encounter safety issues, sometimes unknowingly, in all aspects of our lives, and discussion of some of these in meetings will raise people’s awareness about the potential problems. Including these safety issues in a meeting should start with a presentation of the problem, followed by some solutions as well as ways to avoid the problem in the first place. Discussions about the topic are useful as people will learn from each other’s experiences.
Safety issues when traveling involve how to stay healthy when away from home. Preparing to travel involves obtaining the necessary vaccinations and putting together a travel health kit containing basic first-aid equipment such as bandages and bee-sting cream as well as medications to treat diarrhea and headaches. Travelers should always carry and use hand sanitizers, as hand washing is one of the most important ways to reduce infectious disease transmission. Travel-related safety topics could also include how to reduce the dangers of walking around an unknown city and using public transit at night. Traveling with babies or children poses additional safety issues, from traveling on a plane with infants to obtaining medical assistance in a different country.
The internet is becoming an integral part of many children and youths' home and school environments. Safety issues with this topic include children giving out personal information on the internet and accessing unsuitable websites. An important topic to discuss is the changes in a child’s behavior that might indicate that he is in an unhealthy relationship in cyberspace. Solutions to these problems include parents becoming informed about using the internet, being aware of what websites their children are using and being alert to any behavior changes.
Identity thieves wrongfully obtain and use someone's personal data, such as name, date of birth, credit card number or social security number, for illegal purposes, often for financial gain. The devastating effects of identity theft make it relevant for discussion of safety topics. Aside from theft of credit cards or of someone’s mail, aspects of a person’s financial identity can be stolen through looking over a person’s shoulder while she enters her PIN into the ATM and by rummaging through trash cans looking for credit card bills. Identity thieves use this information to buy goods on the credit card, to obtain further credit or to take out loans, all in your name. Other topics to discuss include how to know that you’ve been a victim of this crime and what to do if this happens to you. An additional important topic is how to prevent identity theft in the first place.
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