Safety Tips for children
by Evelyn Petersen
Some items on this list may sound elementary, but in today's world, it
is vital that families know and teach their children personal safety. Here
is a list of 12 tips most often shared with parents.
- Never leave your child alone in a store, a car, a stroller, or a
public place, even for a moment.
- Always accompany your child to the bathroom in a public place. Older
children may want to wander off and browse alone in a mall, at the
beach, etc. Do not allow this.
- Avoid buying children clothing displaying their names. A young child
is usually ready to trust anyone who uses his/her name. Explain that
someone who knows your name may not know you or your parents.
- Know the names of your children's friends, where they live and how to
reach them. I am amazed at the number of parents who let their
school-age children go off to "so and so's" house without
- Set up strict procedures with your child's school or child care
center as to whom the child will be released other than yourself.
Develop a secret password with your child as a backup safety strategy.
Insist that the school notify you if the child does not show up on time
if he/she walks or rides the bus.
- Be involved in your child's activities. Know the places he or she
goes and know the other adults who are involved.
- If you find yourself in a position where a child appeals to you for
help, be prepared to give it. Don't be afraid to send for a security
guard or someone in authority. Keep an eye on the child and get help.
- Be matter of fact and calm in discussing good and bad touch and
personal safety with children. Don't teach fear; teach facts and
- Your child should know his/her full name, address, phone number, 911
or emergency numbers, and know how to call you collect.
- Take a good look at your child daily and know the clothes he/ she is
wearing. Take at least a yearly photo of each child.
- Be sure your child knows how to identify and go to a store clerk
(never outside to the parking lot) for help if lost or separated from
you in a store.
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