Because sadly we live in a dangerous world and you wouldn’t want your beloved kid to ever be harmed by anyone or in any way, you should be aware of a few very useful tips to ensure your child’s safety at any time. Even if you may not believe it, you should know that there are people out there who are really capable of hurting innocent little children and most of their targets are picked randomly, so most of the victims just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. In order to avoid anything bad happening to your precious kid, here are a few tips to ensure your child’s safety that you should know about.
1. Help Your Child Memorize Important Numbers and Addresses
One of the most important tips to ensure your child’s safety I could give you is to advise you to help your little one memorize all the important numbers that he (she) should know and especially your home address. Make him (her) memorize your phone number, your e-mail address or other details that will come in handy in case he (she) ever gets lost.
2. Tell Your Child to Never Go with Strangers
This is one of the things everybody heard ever since they were very little and it’s still something you should teach your child now days. Tell them that a stranger is someone who they don’t know, who are not related to them or who doesn’t know their parents. Also, tell your child that he (she) should never go anywhere with someone without telling their parents first.
3. Buy Your Kid a Whistle
Even if this may seem a little bit silly, it actually isn’t. Buy your kid a whistle, tell them to always carry it with them and blow their whistle in case something bad happens to them or if a suspicious person (a stranger) tries to approach them against their will. This will help catch other people’s attention and scare the criminal. If your child is a bit older, you can even consider buying them a pepper spray.
4. Monitor the Way Your Child Uses the Internet
Most sex offenders use the Internet now days to attract their “prey”, so try to keep your child safe and monitor the way he (she) uses the Internet. Tell them not to give personal information to people over the Internet and that they should always keep this information private. Nobody should know where they live or what school they attend. Also, if they use social networks, advise them to make their profile private, so it can’t be accessed by someone who doesn’t know them.
5. Teach Your Child Some Self-Defense Techniques
It’s always good to teach your child any type of self-defense techniques. You can sign him (her) up for a few karate lessons. They will have lots of fun and they will also learn a lot of things that will help them defend themselves. They don’t need to become experts or win a bunch of medals; they just need to know what they should do in case somebody attacks them. It’s always best they be prepared even if (hopefully) they will never encounter a situation where they’ll have to use what they’ve learned during those classes.
6. Tell Your Child to Observe Their Surroundings
Teach your child to always observe his (her) surroundings every time they walk alone, whether they come home from school or they go to a friend’s house. Advise them to look over their shoulders every now and then and even to look at parked cars that seem suspicious and to avoid them. Tell them to ask for help if they notice some suspicious stranger following them.
7. Advise Your Child to Hang out with Your Friends in Your Home
Try to encourage your child to spend time with his (her) friends in your own home so you’ll be able to keep an eye on what they are doing or notice where they are going. Have snacks and think of fun activities they could do so you’ll help them enjoy that time spend at home. Talk to the parents of your child’s friends and advise them to do the same.
It’s more than okay to think about your child’s safety, but at the same time, you should try not to over exaggerate so you won’t turn your kid into a paranoid adult. Find the perfect balance between keeping them safe and allowing them to face all kinds of dangers on their own. Can you think of other ways to ensure your child’s safety? Please share your advice with us so we could all learn from your experience!