When it comes to raising our little ones, they become our biggest concern. It’s our job to keep them safe and provide them with the best opportunities to have happy, healthy and successful futures. Unfortunately, there are a lot of risks involved when it comes to raising our little ones – but there are ways to combat these situations and create a safe environment for them to learn and grow.
Let’s take a look at how you can help keep your kids be safe.
Safety at Home
Just because your kids are at home, doesn’t mean there are no risks involved. Keep them safe at home by explaining to them what to do in case of an emergency.
- Make sure that there is a list of numbers on the fridge or close to the telephone that they can call. This should include the police, ambulance, firefighters, security services and a responsible family member or friend.
- Also, explain to them what to do in case the alarm goes off and there is an intrusion or break-in or what to do in case of a fire.
Safety at School
Give your child the tools to help keep them safe at school.
- Make sure your child knows your number and address off by heart.
- Don’t label your child’s clothes, lunch box or sports bags where it’s visible, you don’t want strangers to be able to call them by their names.
- Develop a good relationship with their teachers so that you and your child feel comfortable discussing issues with them.
- Always ask them how their day was in detail so that they have an opportunity to tell you about situations that felt unsafe or uncomfortable.
Safety While in Public
Instead of just telling your kids to stay away from ‘strangers’ (because abductions can be instigated by someone they are familiar with) teach them how to deal with particular situations.
- For instance, if someone told them that ‘you or your partner’ told them to pick them up, your child should ask to double check with you first.
- Make use of safe passwords that friends or family can use so that your children will trust them.
- Teach kids about the tricky adult alarm bell: an adult should not need to ask children for help or assistance when there are other adults around.
- Online safety forms a part of public safety, check out our tips on helping your kids stay safe on the internet.
Keeping your children safe is your number one priority and even though there are things you don’t have control over, you can make sure that you have a basic safety structure in place. Let us know of clever ways in which you keep your children safe.