Child safety is every parent’s top priority. When you first have kids, all of your concerns change overnight. Youthful risk takers metamorphose into doting, risk-averse parents in the blink of an eye. It’s only natural.
When a piece of your heart lives outside your body, you have to find ways to give yourself piece of mind. Educating your kids about safety and common sense is one of the best ways to do this. Kids are adept at avoiding danger if you furnish them with the appropriate skills.
Next time you have the chance, sit down with your kids and go over these five critical safety tips. If you present them in terms that the children are ready to understand, you’ll have the best chance of getting through.
1) Don’t talk to strangers
This age-old childhood guideline now comes with an addendum. Don’t talk to strangers, and if a stranger approaches run and tell an adult you trust. Predators usually attempt to build trust with a victim before they attack. This could mean one or several visits to your child’s school or local park. Let your child know that just because he’s seen a strange man around, doesn’t mean the man isn’t still a stranger. He or she should be especially wary if the man offers enticing gifts like candy and toys.
2) Always walk against traffic
Thousands of kids are injured every year walking to school. Roads are winding and lined with blind turns. Children are more difficult to see than adults because of their diminutive stature. Have faith in your kids’ youthful reflexes. It’s actually easier for a child to see oncoming traffic than for drivers to avoid children walking alongside the street. Remind your kids that the safest way to walk along a road without a sidewalk is to walk against the flow of traffic. This way, your kids will be able to spot the oncoming traffic and move out of the way – even if the inattentive driver behind the wheel doesn’t see them.
3) Keep doors locked when parents aren’t home
Here is another simple tip that prevent a break-in or abduction. Many potential burglars will “case” a house before they plan a home invasion. Thieves will be able to tell when the parents have gone out for the night and they may take that as an opportunity to break in. Even if your family doesn’t typically lock the doors while people are home, teach your kids to keep the doors and windows locked at all times when adults aren’t around. If you aren’t confident in the strength of your locks, call one of your local locksmiths to upgrade.
4) Don’t answer the phone when parents aren’t home
You never want to give a potential predator information that he can use. Teach your kids to ignore phone calls while parents are away. This way they won’t furnish any undesirables with dangerous information.
5) Dial 911 for emergencies
Children as young as three can learn to dial 911. Teach your kids how to use the phone and identify an emergency situation. This tip alone may end up saving your life.