When it comes to our kids’ safety, we just can’t seem to stop ourselves from worrying. Just thinking about what can happen while they’re at school or on their way back home can make us suddenly wish we were with them.
Unfortunately, however, that’s not always possible. As much as we want to safeguard our children all the time, we also need to teach them how to keep themselves safe.
The most important thing about teaching your children regarding their safety is that you avoid encouraging fear during the process. Instilling fear and doubt can decrease their confidence and competence in protecting themselves.
Here are some of the best ways you can teach your kids about safety:
Watch safety videos with them
Children learn by example and making them watch a video about how to deal with strangers can give them a clearer idea of what they should and shouldn’t do. Aside from watching, it’s also important that you stay with them until the end of the video so you can easily address any questions they have. After watching, it’s a good idea if you and your children can do a role play as well. These methods help retain the information better than just by hearing instructions alone.
Make them wear a personal alarm
A personal alarm is one of the most reliable security products your children can have. This type of device is typically easy to hide and your kids can fit it on their key chains or inside their pockets. It usually comes with an alert system that can blast a loud alarm to scare away potential attackers. Other types of personal alarm even have GPS tracking and professional monitoring.
As children need to explore and participate in school activities for their development and learning, make sure that your paranoia and excessive worrying won’t pin them down. A personal alarm can boost your children’s self-confidence by making them feel secure wherever they go. As for your anxiety, you connect your child’s personal alarm to your smart phone so you can be immediately notified in case the alarm is activated.
Add a security camera at home
For added peace of mind, you can install a home surveillance camera at home. You can use it to verify if your kids have arrived safely at home or to check on them from time to time while you’re still at work. For extra security, you can choose a camera that has a motion sensor and night vision.
Having a security camera and letting your child know that you can see everything happening at home can give them a sense of security while encouraging their independence.
Prepare an emergency plan
If an emergency does happen, it’s important that your kids know what they should do, who they should call and where they should go. It’s easy to panic and feel anxious during a stressful event and when children become overwhelmed with these emotions, they can wander around and put themselves more at risk.
To make sure these things don’t happen to your children, teach them ahead of time the people and number they should call during emergencies. It’s also a good idea to write these bits of information on a piece of paper and keep it where it can easily be found. If your child is old enough, you can also teach them about 911. Be clear in letting them know what they should tell the operator during the call, such as their name and location. You should also put emphasis on when they should dial the number.