It’s a scary world out there, especially if you’re a parent, as little kids have a habit of getting themselves into trouble. You can’t wrap them in bubble wrap and be there for them at all times, so you’ll have to sit down with them and teach them some basic safety tips so they know how to react in potentially dangerous situations. Kids need to know who they can trust when you’re not there, and how where they should go if they are lost, especially if you end up separated from your children whilst on holiday.
So, here are the top 5 tips for teaching your child safety:
With all the horrible stories of child abduction in the news lately, we are reminded we need to teach our kids that old rule of “Stranger Danger”. Children’s charity Faith in Families recommends not to instil a fear of all strangers into your kids, at it discourages interaction and communication, but do teach your kids to look out for the warning signs; don’t go away with a stranger, don’t eat or drink from a stranger before your parents know, and keep an eye out for anyone suspicious or lingering – make sure they know to tell an adult.
Keep Adults Informed
UK security firm Custodian Guards tells us adults tend to put too much trust in so called “secure” and familiar buildings, such as hotels and shopping centres. Letting your child roam free to play is important, but make sure they know to tell you where they are going and who they are with. That way you always know where to search for them, and you can recommend they stay away from places that might be dangerous like balconies and staircases.
Educate your Kids
Kids do often get lost, it’s almost natural, especially if they’re quite adventurous – then even the most vigilant parent can lose track! It can be a frightening time, but as long as your child knows the following, you’ll soon be reunited:
- If your kids get lost, recommend they stay where they are initially – you’re likely to be aware they’re missing quite quickly, so you can retrace your steps and be reunited. A child who is wandering looking for it’s parent however, can get even more lost in it’s stress.
- Show your kids who the officials in the area are so they can go to them if they get separated from you or hurt. This could be policemen or staff in a shopping centre.
- Finally, set a meeting place for older kids. Point out a specified monument that’s easy to find, ideally somewhere where smaller kids can find a higher place to climb where they can be easily spotted. If you are separated, everyone can make his or her way to the monument.
- It’s controversial, but sometimes it’s a good idea to give slightly older children a basic phone. Nothing expensive, as it can be a target for theft, but they can call you if something happens.