This hilarious short animation offers over 40 safety tips for homes with infants and young children. The film's hero is a very earnest, somewhat pompous, but endearing dog called Wally. A "professional" in home safety, Wally is assigned to a house with an infant whose parents have little safety consciousness. Accidents and near-accidents succeed each other with lightning speed, constantly putting Wally to the test.
Ages 8 to 14
Family Studies/Home Economics - Consumer Awareness
Family Studies/Home Economics - Parenting
Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Health/Personal Development - Safety and Injury Prevention
Warning (if any): Mild violence (animated), animated depiction of pregnant woman going into labour
Brief “lesson launcher type” activity or a series of inquiry questions with a bit of context:
An animated film from a dog’s perspective, illustrating the plethora of dangers and accidents that could happen at home with small children. As you watch, keep track of all the different accidents that Wally the dog prevents. How does the family underestimate him on a daily basis? Near the end, Wally experiences a series of accidents at the playground. How many of these accidents have happened to you or someone you know? What could you do to prevent these types of accidents? Why do you think the family dog was chosen as the voice of reason in this family? Is he a trustworthy narrator?