Now this is a broad subject if there ever was one. It is every parent’s #1 priority to keep their little ones safe, both indoors and especially when they first venture out beyond that great big door of curiosity. When you think about it, we actually begin to teach safety at a very early age, perhaps as early as crawling when baby is able to access numerous objects to taste and explore, with the ever present danger of swallowing. We start with the ‘no no’ and numerous other methods of making the object unattractive to the baby but surely there are an endless number of effective solutions that you, as a parent, have employed successfully. And so we teach the child boundaries such as property lines, child gates and timeouts when they attempt to cross those barriers.
Whatever the methods we employ, nothing replaces caution like supervision. It is when the child is old enough to interact with others at playgrounds, playschool, parks and any other venue they find themselves in, that parental or caregiver supervision is paramount. The important overview here is that all children require street proofing and here are some of the tips that I have learned over the years:
Always remember that rules and boundaries will never replace active supervision.
Never leave your child unattended in a car or at any location out of your sight.
Teach your child to never talk to strangers or take any gifts from them, e.g. candy.
Teach your child what figures are actually safe to talk to e.g. other children, teachers, police officers, firemen.
Instruct your child to report suspicious advances to the nearest authority figure such as a teacher.
Teach your child how to dial 911 and never to do it unless someone is ill or injured and no other adult is nearby.
Always know who your children play with and make the effort to meet their parents.
Instruct your child to report every incident of bullying to the school office and parents. By dealing with each situation immediately, the offender will quickly get the picture that he/she is being monitored.
Accompany your children to and from school and to all other locations.
Do practice runs and hypothetical scenarios to test your child’s response knowledge.
Keeping your children safe has never been so difficult, thanks to an increasing number of predators and bullies in our neighbourhoods. Parents who are facing these threats every day must be creative in their teaching so as to educate but not unnecessarily frighten their kids.
Your comments would be so much appreciated so here is my question to you!
WHAT MEASURES DO YOU EMPLOY TO STREET PROOF YOUR KIDS?