WHY TEACH KIDS?
Everyone benefits from students receiving CPR training! Children serve as important ‘multipliers’ because they are likely to teach what they learn to parents, grandparents, and siblings at home.
Kids 4 CPR has been teaching students ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school since 2010, and have come to the conclusion that it is not essential for young children to be able to adequately perform CPR (usually occurs around sixth grade), rather, it is important that they become familiar with the skills--through repeated trainings--with the hope that they eventually become ‘willing to help’ adults. After all, we teach children from a young age to ‘stop, drop, and roll’ when they are on fire; it is reasonable to also teach them to ‘call, push, respond’ when someone suddenly collapses. Extraordinary stories of young children performing CPR and saving siblings, parents, and friends are not unheard of, nor are stories of young children telling an adult how to perform CPR. Kids who have participated in Kids 4 CPR programs have saved parents, grandparents, and friends. A 9-year-old boy on Oahu saved his father’s life, a 10-year-old boy on Kauai saved his grandfather’s life, and a teacher and high school student saved the life of a fellow high school student on the Big Island.
LITERATURE & RESEARCH
Kids Save Lives - ERC position statement on school children education in CPR
Kids Save Lives - Training school children in CPR worldwide is now endorsed by the World Health Organization