“Is my child safe?” is a question, we as parents, ask ourselves constantly. Children are our country’s most precious resource and it is up to us, as parents and teachers, to keep our children as safe as possible, and to teach them how to protect themselves.
As parents, we are very quick to look up to people such as firemen or paramedics as heroes - after all, they’re in the business of saving people’s lives. It is interesting to note, however, just how much parents do to prevent their children from being hurt in horrific accidents - almost two-thirds say they’ve had to save children from suffering serious accidents.
We spend most of our time as parents trying to keep our children safe, and this process begins even before they are born. Even while pregnant, mums begin eating healthily and following doctor’s advice to ensure that babies are healthy. That is just the beginning, however.
Once baby is born, we need to consider the safety of our children from accidents and injuries; as well as crime. We need to ensure a safe environment in which our children can learn and play.
Here are 8 quick and easy safety tips to teach your kids:
1. Teach them their important details
When children are old enough, it is important that they know their full name, age, telephone number and address. A great way to do this is to create a game out of it, see how quickly they can recite all of their details!
2. Teach them how to contact you if they are lost
Children must know how to contact you or another close relative in an emergency. Give them examples of how they can get hold of you. One of the simplest things to teach a child if they are unsure of who to ask for help when they are lost, is to tell them to speak to the nearest mom with kids. Moms with kids are the most likely to be safe and to be willing to assist your child.
3. Teach them to tell you where they are or where they will be
You must know where your children are at all times. Know their friends and be clear with them about the places and homes they may visit. Teach your child to let you know anytime they change their location.
4. Teach them to tell you when they are uncomfortable with something
You children can also use their intuition to know when something isn’t right, so let them know that you will trust them if they ever feel uncomfortable about someone or something.
5. Teach them what behavior to look out for from adults
This is a tough, but important conversation to have with your kids. They must know exactly what kinds of behavior is considered good or bad from an adult that they are with. And as a parent, try to be sensitive to any changes in your children's behaviour or attitude. Encourage open communication and learn how to be an active listener. If your children tell you about problems, try to stay calm, be reassuring, and nonjudgemental. Work with them to get help to resolve the problem.
6. Teach them code words
Develop code words for anyone you trust to fetch your children and teach your children those words. Tell them not to go with anyone who does not know the code words.
7. Teach them practically
Practise basic safety skills with your children. Make an outing to a mall or park an educational experience in which your children practise checking with you, going to the bathroom with a friend and finding adults who may be able to help if they need assistance. Do not let your children wear clothing or carry items that bear their names in public. It makes it too easy for a stranger to approach them.
8. Teach them a “safe spot”
When you arrive at a location with your child, show them a “safe spot” that they can go to if they get separated from you. Of course, no-one can protect their children from everything, or foresee all the possible dangers they may face. Our PingMe watches and devices have been designed specifically to keep your children safe when you aren’t able to.