In today's fast-changing world, it is more important than ever to make sure our children are safe. As children start going back to school, it is very important to give them the necessary tools to keep themselves safe.
In today's fast-changing world, it is more important than ever to make sure our children are safe. As children start going back to school, it is very important to give them the necessary tools to keep themselves safe. To keep children safe and confident, it's important for them to learn about stranger danger, personal space, and how to talk about uncomfortable situations.
"Do not speak to people you do not know" - a short sentence that has been passed down through many years to warn about possible risks. Teaching kids about stranger danger means more than just scaring them. It's about giving them knowledge so they can make choices wisely. Start by explaining what strangers and acquaintances mean.
Encourage your child to know when it's safe to ask for help from people in uniforms or adults they trust when they are in public places. Use role-playing games to pretend different situations, so your child can practice how to react in a safe place.
Respecting personal space and boundaries means giving people enough room and not crossing limits. It is an important part of staying safe. Help your child gain control by teaching them to understand and speak up about their personal limits. Explain that it is fine to say "no" when someone makes them feel bad.
Playing pretend can be very helpful in showing how to tell someone what you are comfortable with, whether it's a friend, a grown-up, or even someone in your family. Strengthen the belief that people have control over their own bodies, and they have the power to choose who can touch them.
Making sure that people can talk openly and freely with each other is really important for personal safety. Tell your child that they can tell you anything, even if it's something difficult or uncomfortable to talk about. Promise them that you will not judge them and that keeping them safe is your main concern.
Make sure to talk to your child often about how they're doing and what they're feeling, whether it's at school or in other places. By talking openly with your child, you make it easier for them to tell you about their worries and ask for help when they need it.
While talking and pretending are important, actually doing something in real life makes you even more prepared. Go with your child on walks, outings, or trips to the park, and help them when they need to talk or play with other people.
Tell them to come to you if they meet people they don't know and feel uncomfortable. This real-life experience helps them understand and remember what they have learned and makes them feel more sure about judging situations that could be dangerous.
Children tend to learn better when they are told stories or shown things through the media. Recommend books, videos, or TV shows that are suitable for your age and teach you about staying safe. These tools can be used to start conversations and remind people how important it is to stay safe.
Talk to your child after they read or watch something to see if they understand it and answer any questions they have.
Talking and sharing information is very important for parents to keep their children safe. Parents need to talk and communicate with their children, teachers, and school people. This helps parents know about school rules, things happening at school, and things that could be dangerous.
Regular communication means that parents will know about any changes in schedules, transportation plans, or what to do in case of emergencies. Parents can also keep a tag school with details such as parents' phone numbers, emergency numbers, and addresses as well. Do not attach it to the backpack but let them keep it in a card wallet for themselves to search.
A lot of students depend on school buses to get around, so it's really important to make sure they're safe. Parents should teach their kids how to stay safe when waiting for and riding the bus. Emphasize the need to stay in your seat, not block the aisle, and listen to the driver's directions.
In today's digital world, it's important to keep children safe on the internet too. Parents should talk to their children about being safe on the internet, using social media responsibly, and the possible risks of sharing personal information online.
Create guidelines for how devices can be used and help children understand and tell adults about anything inappropriate they come across online.
Parents need to ensure that the activities and homework they give their children are appropriate and not dangerous for their age. Encourage people to discuss their experiences and express any concerns they may have openly.
Staying healthy is very important for staying safe. Parents need to make sure their children get their required shots, learn and practice good hygiene, and get enough sleep. Eating healthy food and staying active also helps you stay healthy overall.
Article written by Shasmitha Mutiara, last updated on Sep 25, 2020 and edited by Printablee Team.