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Go slow in helping children learn tasks

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Children are often eager to help out on the farm, but tasks should be introduced in stages and with lots of preparation, says Raelyn Peterson, farm safety co-ordinator with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

Supervision requirements vary by task, age, and abilities. The best way for a child to learn through experience is to learn with someone who has the experience and adheres to safety requirements. Once a child shows that she or he can do the task, they can be left at their task for short periods of time.

Patience, an honest assessment of a child’s abilities, checking for hazards, training, and adequate supervision are all key, she said.

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