Friday, March 6, 2009

Keeping Our Children Safe

As a parent, It is our duty to teach our kids about personal safety. We also need to talk to our children about protecting ourselves. Here are some tips that might be helpful:

* Teach the buddy system.Children should learn when it is safer to be with a friend or trusted adult than to be alone.

* Teach the children to check with the adult in charge before changing plans or going anywhere even if they're going with the familiar adult.

* Children should know how to use the telephone. All school-age children should learn to dial "0" and "911" for help and how to use the pay phone.

* Role - play with children. Kids learn by doing, not just talking. Kids should exprience what it feels to say "no" in difficult situations.

- Use the "what if" game to help children think of how they would respond to situations such as:"What if the school bus doesn't arrive on time?" "What if the after-school baby sitter isn't there to meet you?" "What if the stanger asks you to help him find his lost puppy.
- Describe real-life situations
- Have children practice to threatening situations.
- Show children how to stay at least an arm's length away
from strangers who approach them.


The Mother said...

That "check in with adult" is so important.

Summer camp lost my son one year. I spent a frantic HOUR looking for him.

I found him in the pool, happily enjoying himself. He just didn't see what all the fuss was about.

If I hadn't been so glad he was alive, I would have KILLED him.

Scott and Glenda said...

Excellent advice, I don't think it is stressed enough about keeping children safe, I have also wrote a blog post about keeping kids safe, it is
10 Kids Safety Tips for Being Home Alone
, if you get a chance check it out.


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