Keeping your children safe at all times means constant adult supervision but sometimes as a parent you cannot always be around to protect them. As they get older they go off to crèche, school and meet all types of people and because they are in the outside world they will be exposed to all kinds of scenarios and emergencies. The below safety tips will help ensure that your children are out of harm’s way both inside and outside the house.
Tip One – Contact details
Even if your child is small it is important to teach them basic contact details like your name and contact number. They should be able to share your contact number with someone in case of an emergency. Also, knowing where home is and any nearby landmark is also important. With regular practise your child can master this information. Also, help them memorise a second number in case you are unreachable.
Tip Two – Never go anywhere with a stranger
No matter what the reason, your child should know that it is not safe to go anywhere with a stranger. Teach your children that if a stranger tells them something like ‘Your mom asked you to come with me immediately,’ they should never go with them. They should stay where they are and shout out for help. Make them understand that if there is an emergency, you will always send a family member, not someone they do not know.
Tip Three – Explaining the signs of sexual abuse
This is never an easy topic to discuss and can be quite uncomfortable, but it is something that needs to be done. Regardless of the age of your children they need to know that it is not ok for someone to touch certain parts of their body. Show your child the boundaries and teach them to be strong and be able to speak up if they are ever in that situation.
Whether your children walk to school or take the bus, or even if you drop them off at school they should be taught about the rules to stay safe on roads. Teach your children about road safety and ensure that they understand what you are saying by practicing it with them, do not teach them more then they can handle. Teach them the basics such as walking on the sidewalks and never on the road, ‘Stop, look, cross’ and some of the road signs.
Tip Five – If you get lost stay where you are
The most common places where children get lost is in the supermarket and malls. Teach your child that should they get lost they should stay right where they are. If they see any other mom with children nearby, they can ask her for help but they should not leave with them. Should your child see a security guard, they should go to him or her for assistance.