It is no news that parents of today have to go the extra mile in ensuring that their children are safe and secure. As the day goes by, it seems the evil in the world increases. It is therefore important that, as parents, we are not naive; we should begin to teach our kids these security rules as soon as possible. Ensure it sinks into their head… it could save you a whole lot of heartache.
- Know home address and phone numbers
Younger kids, ages three-five aren’t too young to learn this information. Just yesterday I was with a kid whose elder brother had forgotten to pick up from school. I asked him for his parent’s phone number and he quickly and smartly provided it. I must say, I was quite impressed. Ensure your child learns your phone numbers. It is quite important.
- Never go anywhere with a stranger or take anything from them:
Teach your kids what a stranger is without teaching them that all strangers are bad; rather help them to be on the lookout for a situation or action that makes them feel uncomfortable.
- No one is allowed to touch you:
Of course, in the inappropriate areas. I believe there are charts for boys and girls that show areas where they can and cannot be touched (green, yellow, red). You should Google it. Your kids should know this.
- Don’t post or give out personal information or passwords online:
First of all, your younger kids shouldn’t be online without adult supervision. Ensure they know they can’t meet with someone they’ve only talked to online, and explain that they should never post personal information (like their address or full name) or photos without permission from adults.
- If You Get Lost, Stay Where You Are:
In the event that your kid gets lost, tell them it is important they stay right where they are. If they see any other mom with kids nearby, they can ask her for help.
Be proactive about ensuring your kids are safe. Note that, you are never careful enough. Always take preventive measures rather than corrective measures.
May God keep us safe.