1. Bullying - This topic usually doesn't stir up much concern until there has already been an incident of bullying involving your child. By better educating our children on forms of bullying and how to respond to them, we can prevent violent responses and emotional scarring. We can also help prevent future occurrences of bullying by informing our children of the detrimental consequences of bullying other children.
2. Drugs/Weapons in Schools - The issues of drugs being offered to our children and weapons being brought onto school grounds are often topics that make parents uncomfortable, leaving our children unaware of the possibilities of danger and how to react when these situations arise. Children are better able to respond to situations when they are informed, and who better to inform them than their parents?
3. Discipline - There should be no question about the discipline policy your child's teacher uses in the classroom. If there is, it is your responsibility as a parent to ask questions. I had to ask my kindergartner's teacher how she handles children who act out in class because my daughter can be hard to handle at times. She explained her methods to me and eased my mind. If there is anything you disagree with, you can talk it over with the teacher. If this doesn't resolve the issue, take it to the next level of authority, because we certainly do not want our children receiving the wrong forms of discipline at school. The child also needs to understand the forms of discipline in their classroom and if possible, this should be followed up at home.
The bottom line is that we all need to be proactive in our children's education and we need to stay well-informed. This leaves less room for error and helps to keep our children safe when we cannot be with them. Prepare them for the dangers that lurk around every corner. We have to set them free someday.