Kids are often very curious and sometimes aren’t very aware that there are numerous dangers surrounding them every day. It’s important that we ingrain in our kids to be conscious of dangers to help keep them safe.
Listed below are steps to ensure that your children are conscientious about their own safety in and around your home.
Teach your children how to make emergency calls in case of a serious emergency. Ensure they know the difference between someone needing help and calling about a minor issue like one of their toys being lost.
Teach them the emergency numbers and ask them to frequently recite the emergency number of 000 so it’s second nature to dial, even when they are scared and panicked.
Review the emergency exit plan with your children, frequently. In case of a fire, ensure that they know how to get out of the house and where they should meet once they’re outside. Practice this at least once a year.
Teach your children about when to feel uncomfortable in certain situations. Ensure that they know to stay away from strangers. However, do it in a way that they aren’t scared of every person they meet.
Teach your child what a stranger is and avoid teaching them that all strangers are dangerous.
Teach your children about what a dangerous situation will look like. Teach them that if someone they do not know tries to take them somewhere, they should run away screaming, “Someone’s trying to take me!” or something along those lines, to let others know they need help.
Also teach them that if someone is chasing them, they should run into a safe place.
A safe place is any place that has multiple people inside – like a grocery store or a library, for example.
Another situation maybe when someone is trying to physically harm your child. Some parents don’t believe in this, but teaching your child some self-defence skills may be something to think about.
Teach them to poke a harmful person in the eyes or kick them in the knee.
Teach them what a stranger is.
Giving them a private family codeword (password) that will be used if they are ever picked up by someone they are unfamiliar with can be helpful.
They should never get in an unfamiliar vehicle, even if it seems innocent enough. If someone tries to get them to go in a vehicle, then they should leave and find a trusted adult right away.
Always have a recent picture of your child with you. If they were to ever go missing, show the picture to the police so they can help you find them. Keep the info about your child up-to-date.
Know their height, weight, eye colour, and any birthmarks they may have. This will also help the police to find your child.
The safety of our children is so important. It’s important that we teach them how to be safe, especially in situations where we aren’t there, but not scare them about certain situations.
You don’t want them to be scared of every person they see, but you do want them to be aware of the people and their surroundings. When your child is safety conscious, you help to increase their knowledge and being prepared!