While we may wish we did, we don’t live in Mayberry, where Andy and Barney keep an eye on innocent mischief, and Opie Taylor runs around without a care in the world. While there is still good to be found, the abundance of families with both parents in the workforce and the presence of incredibly transparent technology calls for teaching our children more about safety and security. You should try to prepare and equip your children without scaring them. But where do you start and what do you teach? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Calling 911 :
The truth of the matter is that children don’t know what to do in emergencies. The best way to prepare them for unforeseen circumstances is to make sure they know who to call. Explain to your children that they should dial 911 in the event they are hurt, feel threatened, or need help. You should also stress that calling 911 is serious and should not be misused or joked about.
Home Evacuation Plan
While your child likely practices evacuation drills and plans at school, they may be unaware of what to do at home in case of an emergency. Prepare your family by practicing for fire, natural disasters, and other emergencies. Children should be taught where to go, what to do, and how to respond.
Securing the Home
From a very young age, children should be taught about home security. Educate your children on the importance of locking doors and setting the security system. For very young children, you can make a game out of it. Help them think about the home as their personal castle that they should defend against invaders.
One of the first things you should teach your children about is ‘stranger danger.’ Teach your children about who strangers are and why it is important to avoid them. The following are important for children to understand:
- Don’t talk with strangers
- Don’t get in a car with a stranger
- Don’t accept gifts or presents from strangers
- Always tell a parent when confronted by a stranger
As soon as your children are old enough to access the internet, they should understand the basic rules of online safety. This includes never communicating with strangers via social media, email, chat rooms, etc. Children should also be informed about the dangers of giving out personal information online. To help children establish healthy online habits, consider placing the home computer in the kitchen and setting up security programs to limit interaction.
Knowing Important Information
Once children have been taught how to keep personal information private, you should help them memorize important things like phone numbers and addresses. In case of emergency, they should be prepared to tell the appropriate authorities who they are, where they live, and who to get in contact with.
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