As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your children the ways of the world, including how to be safe. Television programs these days teach children safety measures in the wild, but it is our jobs to teach them the survival skills for the real world.
- What to do if they get lost – A lost child will be scared and panicked. Explain to them the importance of allowing you to find them and not the opposite. A lost, scared child moving to find their parents will only make the process longer. Consider getting them an inexpensive cell phone for public outings or a whistle.
- How to answer the door when they are home alone, don’t! – Although tempting, a child should never open a door when they are alone. An open door leaves the child vulnerable. It is a good idea to lock all windows and doors, and shut all blinds. Also, noise from the television or radio will deter criminals from entering your home.
- What to do in a medical emergency – Teaching your child how to dial 911 is only the first step. It is important that you teach them how to quickly give the operator detailed information that will result in a quicker response.
- Most importantly, explain the importance of situational awareness!
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