Child safety: Teaching your kids to be vigilant
Child safety is awareness. Everyone should remain vigilant at all times, particularly in public spaces. At any time, people can fall victim to criminals or can land up in dangerous situations like drowning and falling.
Children are even more susceptible. It is important to teach kids child safety, especially when they are not with you at certain times of the day. This can be at school, at the mall with friends or even just at a friend’s home, playing by the pool.
The truth is, we cannot always be around our kids. At some point, we need to trust them to rely on their own instincts. This is very difficult, especially in a world that has slowly built a bad rep for the increasing amount of danger lurking on the outside of your home’s walls. Some dangers are even right under your nose, on the Internet.
The best way to ensure that your kids are vigilant and equipped with the tools to fend for themselves is to teach them. It may be scary, or taboo and even a bit awkward to impart certain information to them; but an informed child is more likely to be a safe one.
Child Safety on the Internet
Everything happens on the Internet these days. That sounds like a hackneyed expression, but during the pandemic, society as a whole has had to rely even more heavily on the Internet and technology in order to survive. We work online; the kids do their schooling on their phone and laptops. We even look to the Net to be entertained. And that is all okay. The world is changing. However, with these new avenues, come new dangers.
Predators lurk on the Internet even more than they lurk on the streets.
If you have older children who are using the Net, explain to them that not everyone on the Internet is who they say they are. People, particularly predators can now hide behind avatars.
Child Development Info adds that the Internet makes it easy to create a new, false identity. Often, those individuals who lie about their age are Internet predators. They are the ones who target children, like yours. Unfortunately, many children; teenagers and their parents cannot tell an Internet predator until it is too late, like when predators try to approach your children or contact them in person.
Keep an open relationship with your children so that they can speak to you freely. If someone they are speaking to on the Internet makes them feel uncomfortable, or pressures them to meet up, let your kids know that they should check with your first.
Also, be sure to implement as many content blocks and age restriction apps as needed, depending on your child’s age.
Fire, Pool safety and other dangers
Children need to be trained to navigate the world and its dangers. These dangers are sometimes part of everyday life and are pretty much unavoidable.
Teaching electrical safety is an example of such an unavoidable situation. Children will most likely use electrical appliances in some way for the rest of their lives. Teach them how to do so correctly, so that they don’t end up shocking themselves, getting injured or even dying from being electrocuted.
Fire is another unavoidable danger. Gilroy Life explains that it’s especially important for parents to have a talk with their kids to help them understand what damage playing with matches, lighters and other fire-starting devices might cause. A single spark in the wrong place can potentially cause millions of rand in damage if a fire spreads out of control and consumes thousands of acres and demolishes homes in the inferno’s path.
Child safety & real-life stranger danger
Even though we have discussed the Internet and the dangerous strangers who may be prowling online, there is still the same danger in real life. Kids still go out (perhaps not during the pandemic, but life is slowly starting to get back to normal).
Children need to be taught that they must not go with adults (or even other kids) who they don’t know. But less obvious, they also don’t need to go with adults they do know.
Teach your kids to follow their guts.
Gone are the days of adults having authority over kids and their bodies and choices. Teach your kids that it is okay to say no to a grown-up, especially if what the grown-up is asking them is making them feel uncomfortable.
If the grown-up has an issue with your kid’s refusal, he or she can always take it up with you.
For older kids, having an emergency app like iER can be a lifesaver. If your children feel unsafe, they can click one button on the app and will be connected to someone who can help immediately. You will also be notified of their location instantly!
The iER app is a free emergency application that can be downloaded on any smart device. It gives the user peace of mind by offering a no-cost solution for emergencies. The App is a panic button that can be used in a variety of situations to ensure that the proper response team is sent to the scene of an emergency or crime. It is a one-click solution, available to everyone.
There is no membership fee in order to make use of the iER application, although data or a Wi-Fi connection is required. Anyone who has the app, which can be downloaded from all app stores, can make use of the emergency response facilities. This is because the app was designed to be accessible.