Children play intuitively and are constantly exploring different ways to play. Some do this with caution, while others continually seek out new challenges. Either way, a child’s right to explore, play and discover is something that as parents and caregivers we must protect.
A family is the first line of protection for children. Parents and caregivers are responsible for building a safe and loving home environment, and every safety skill you teach your child can be carried with them throughout their childhood discovery.
The earlier you start conversations surrounding basic safety the better, and it needs to be an ongoing conversation. As much as you like to but you can not physically protect them 24 hours a day, so by teaching them to protect themselves, you put them in a good stead for a healthy and happy future.Following are some basic safety rules that every child shall know:-
By teaching basic contact information to your children, you can greatly help them in times of an emergency. Kids should be able to share their full name, your name, their address and a nearby landmark, an older child should also be familiar with the phone number. As young children forget this easily you should practice this quiet often.
Your child should know that no matter the circumstances, they should never let themselves be led away by a stranger. Inform them that if someone says “your dad asked me to get you and take to him immediately”, they should stay where they are and call out for help. Remind them that if there is an emergency you will send a grandparent, uncle or someone your child knows and trusts and never a stranger. It can also be a good idea to teach your child a safety word that only they and you know, this way, if you do need to send someone your child doesn’t know very well, you can tell them the safety word and so your child will know it’s ok to go with that person.
Children are vulnerable to road accidents and injuries, especially if there is a lack of adult supervision. As well as never letting your children play near roads unsupervised, you can reduce risk by teaching children to:
Kids start young on computers these days, and online safety lessons are a must. Each your children never to give out information regarding what school they attend, where they live, how old they are or a phone number.
Teaching your children about good touch and bad touch can help them determine when someone has behaved inappropriately with them. Explain that should anyone other than mom or dad touch their body, they should report it immediately and shout for help. Of course you will also need to be careful to teach them that there are some circumstances where it’s ok for people to touch them, such as in the doctor’s office or a caregiver at homeor the school nurse if they are hurt at school. This should be an ongoing discussion with your child.
There are certain things with which children shall never play, including matches, knives and any other dangerous weapons. While you can keep things out of reach, its important to teach children to respect that some things are only for adults an they should leave them alone.
Teach your children about instinct and the importance of following it to stay safe. Teach them that if ever they are unsure about an activity they have been encouraged to do, don't do it- even if that means stepping away from everyone else in the group.
Kids are often told to keep something their friend or sibling did secret, but teach them that should they believe the activity was dangerous, harmful or really naughty, they should not be afraid to tell you. Offer your assurance that should they share their secrets, you will try your very best not to make judgement.