Keeping kids safe is every parent’s priority. It can be all too easy to worry and feel anxious when our children aren’t with us, but giving them guidelines for staying safe can help to alleviate those fears. Here are 5 smart safety tips that every kid needs to know:
- Learn full name, address, and phone number
Parents should start teaching their child their full name, home address, and phone number before they start school. It will take some time and practice, but by reinforcing this important information, kids will eventually have it memorized.
- Never go with strangers
Kids encounter many new people, especially as they start school. It’s good to encourage them to make new friends and be polite with others, but they must understand the danger of going off with a stranger. Parents should go over possible scenarios with kids, such as a stranger approaching them on the street and offering to give them something. Talk about what to do and how to handle those types of situations.
- Don’t share personal information
Make sure that your child understands that they should not be sharing any personal information with people who aren’t trusted family members, friends, or teachers. This applies to the Internet, as well. Just as adults shouldn’t share info like their social security number, kids should avoid entering their personal info on websites and in emails.
- Keep cell phone charged and turned on
Cell phones have made it much easier for parents to stay connected with kids from anywhere. However, a dead cell phone battery won’t do a child any good, especially in an emergency situation. Keep the battery charged and the phone switched on after leaving school, or whenever leaving the home.
- Trust your instincts
In the face of a potentially dangerous situation, our instincts usually kick in to tell us to be fearful and find a way out. Parents should encourage their children to listen to their instincts and to trust their gut. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. As the saying goes, it’s always better to be safe than to be sorry.