All parents want their children safe and sound, but parents will not always be with their children to help keep them safe. So what are parents to do to help keep their children safe? It’s not enough to sit down and talk to your kids, but parents need to role play, introduce their children to news stories of other children who have been hurt, kidnapped, or in harms way. These examples can help children to understand that things like that can happen to them, but an educated child can possibly avoid these things from happening to them. Kids can learn survival tips that are beneficial. Some survival tips are simple and basic and can be put into practice easily.
1. If you want to know fear, ask a parent whose child has gotten lost. That type of fear is unimaginable. A lost child is just as afraid as his or her parents. So, what is a child to do?
- The child should stay put and not wander away, at least for a few minutes because Mom and Dad will be looking for the child and will look where the child was last.
- If a child must move from their spot he or she needs to approach another Mom. A woman with kids will comfort and help that child.
- Another person a lost child can approach is a police officer or an employee in a store, and if the child goes into a store he or she should look for someone wearing a name tag.
- A child should know their phone number and address.
- A child should know the “real” names of their parents, not call out Mommy or Daddy because their voice can be drowned out by other children calling for their parents.
- A child should not follow someone they “might” recognize.
MORE TIPS: One parent placed her cell phone number on a piece of paper and placed it in her son’s shoe, and let him know that if they got separated it was ok for him to give the number to another person for help. In your home make “Safety Talk” a way of life. Role play with your son or daughter what to do if they were to every get lost.
2. All children should learn to be aware of their surroundings when away from home. To teach a child to be aware of their surroundings is to make a game of it. For example, if the family is going on a road trip, have the kids count the number of significant landmarks the family passes or make up landmarks along the way. Kids also need to know what kind of vehicle they are riding in, and the names of the adults in the vehicle. Kids need to know the name of their destination or their location.
3. Kids need to be taught to leave the area when trouble is brewing.Yes, most kids love to stick around to see a fight, but being in a potential life-threatening situation can spill over to your child’s personal space.
4. Our society depends so much on Smartphones that kids don’t even memorize phone numbers anymore, and this can make a difference between life and death. Suppose your child needed to get a hold of you and use someone else’s phone? Would he or she be able to reach you? Ask your child. Make your child memorize at least two phone numbers of family and/or a family friend, and certainly make sure he or she is knows to call 911 in an emergency.
5. Taking a survivalist course is not common place, but is beneficial. You and your child can benefit from taking a course like this. Learn how to build a fire, to recognize poisonous plants, how to stop bleeding if cut significantly. Check out these websites.
6. There are fire stations that offer tours and fire safety tips for children. For most fire stations to allow children to tour the child must be at least four years of age. Fire stations offer S.A.F.E. programs or Safety And Fire Education programs. These programs teach kids about fire safety and how to do the following in case of a fire:
- Crawl low under smoke
- Stop, Drop, Roll if clothes catch on fire
- How often smoke alarms should be tested
7. Gift your child with home remedy books and other home remedy information. Children should know that medications are always not the way to go, and healing can be an arms length away in the kitchen or at the health food store, and also be quite inexpensive.
8. Did you know that children can be CPR certified? CPR is an acronym for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. As long as a child can understand and perform chest compressions he or she can become CPR certified.
9. Every child needs to learn how to swim. Swimming does the following for a child?
- A child is taught how to perform safe acts around a body of water. The first safe act is no running around the pool.
- Swimming builds confidence and boosts a child’s self-esteem; it also helps with coordination skills.
- Swimming also has a social impact on a child. Most children, when invited, love to hang out at the beach, go to pool parties, and go boating. Swimming give a child, and their parents, a sense of security because if a child is on a boat and falls overboard he or she should know how to handle themselves in the water. A child who learns how to swim won’t turn down a fun time with his or her peers at a pool party. Check out Swimkids.com.au.
10. A child needs to know when he or she is being followed, and here’s how.
- If you see the same person wherever you go
- If you walk faster and the person keeps up with you
- If you go into a building or other area and the person is still there
- If you turn around and the person acts as if he or she is ignoring you
What to do – if a child is being followed he or she should find a policeman, if one is around. If not, go into a business find a salesperson and tell the salesperson that he or she thinks they’re being followed. If the child has a phone, take a picture of the person, if possible and e-mail it to Mom or Dad or to someone that can assist them.
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