Children grow in the world they’re exposed to, and for many they may experience many different things in life that may make them uncomfortable. Because of this it’s important to educate children about personal safety to help them feel safe as they grow. Along their journey in life, it’s good to watch your child’s development and skills to know if their awareness to their own personal safety is also growing with them. For parent’s here’s an expert guide on the different tips on how you can help teach your children personal safety when out in public.

Best Practices To Help Guide Your Children

1. Set Up Boundaries 

Personal safety comes along with teaching your children about boundaries. This needs to be done at an early age. Some boundaries that should be addressed at an early age includes:

  • Where your children can go.

  • How they will travel to their new destination.

  • What they can do when they reach their new destination.

  • Who they are allowed to visit and see.

  • The best ways they can get in contact you when their plans change.

  • How long they’re allowed to be away for.

  • How much internet usage they’re allowed to have.

  • How much mobile usage they’re allowed to have.

  • How they’re supposed to act at home.

Children, while they may not seem to appreciate it, do like to have structure in their home life. While you’re still trying to protect them, make sure they’re still able to have some fun as well.

2. Encourage and Teach Good Self Esteem and Confidence

Children need to learn how to be confident and assertive when it comes to their decision making. This is where you need to encourage them in these areas. At an early age they need to know it’s ok to say NO, so they can use these skills as teenagers and in adulthood. By teaching them how to be confident children, they have a lower chance of getting themselves into trouble or putting themselves in danger.

Along with confidence, they also need to be educated on how to assess potential dangers. In order to do this, you will need to educate them by re-enforcing the different dangers in public and how to act around these dangers. This helps to encourage the different appropriate responses to specific areas and danger. This helps to also build and trust their instincts.

3. Personal Safety: The Golden Rules

When it comes to your child’s personal safety, there’s a few golden rules that they should follow. These include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Avoid eating any new foods or anything that’s given by a stranger.

  • Avoid getting into a car with a stranger.

  • Avoid talking to strangers.

  • Avoid accepting gifts from strangers.

  • Avoid wandering alone to a new place without telling anyone.

  • Keep with the group or the person who is taking care of you.

  • Avoid getting into other people’s fights.

  • Go to the place where your parents tell you to go.

  • If you’re receiving strange and unusual text messages, phone calls or emails from friends or different relatives, tell your parents immediately.

  • Tell a teacher if you’re being bullied.

  • Avoid taking cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs and tell your parents or teacher who offered them to you.

  • If someone you don’t know comes over to you, immediately tell your parents.

  • Have a friend with you always when you’re going out. Don’t go out alone.

  • Don’t go into unlit streets, empty buildings, dark alleys or country paths.

  • Know who to call in an emergency and stay on the line as long as you can.

  • Don’t tell people you’re home alone.

  • Make sure you know what your children are wearing before they leave the house.

  • Know your full name, telephone, and address.

These golden rules shouldn’t be ignored. They’re vital to help teach children about their own personal safety. Along with these golden rules, you should also offer open lines of communication. Be easy to talk to and don’t be afraid to discuss anything with your children.

Conclusion

Personal safety is important for children to know. By encouraging them you’re giving them a way to protect themselves in the future. So are you going to begin teaching them at an early age?


This post was written by Caroline Kastner 

Caroline Kastner is a blogging enthusiast and mother. She has a loving husband and enjoys blogging about her life, children’s safety, and about her experiences of being a mother. She has contributed to Active Baby in the past. She loves to spend her time with her family and often goes to the beach. She enjoys making the most out of life.

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