Parents are constantly fighting an uphill battle when it comes to guaranteeing the safety of their children. Teaching them how to navigate the world around them and make good choices is very important to their wellbeing and there is no substitute for proper instruction. These are some of the most important rules to teach your children to be safe that must be followed:
- Establish Safety Rules For Each Situation
All situations are not created equal and parents will need to establish ground rules for each issue that the child is going to come across. You must teach your kids how to answer the front door if a stranger is knocking, how to talk on the phone and how to surf the Internet. Having a safety plan for each individual situation that arises goes a long way!
- Teaching Proper Body Language and Communication
Walking in public places may seem simple enough, but children need to be empowered. Show them how to carry themselves with awareness and self confidence. If you’re not sure how exactly do that, there’s plenty of useful books you can buy in Target at a discounted price thanks to Discountrue coupons that will explain the issue in detail to you and your kid. You also have to teach your children to walk away from strangers that may be dangerous, even if they are very nice people. Most importantly, you’ll need to instruct them on how to get help from an adult if they find themselves in a situation where they are lost or frightened and you are not around.
- Personal Space
Your child’s body is their personal property and it must be treated as such. If a person is touching them in a playful or teasing manner and the child is made uncomfortable, they need to be taught that it is their right to make a choice. Even affectionate touching needs to happen on the child’s own terms. And, of course, the private areas of a child’s body must never be touched. If the child is confused about which areas are private, the parts that are covered by a bathing suit is a good way to explain.
- Verbal Choices
Children must learn how to say “no” in a manner that is assertive and leaves no room for interpretation. If a behavior is inappropriate and unwanted, saying “no” in a polite manner, with very clear eye contact, is the best way to handle the situation. If the unwanted behavior should persist, then the child must be taught how to get the attention of an adult or authority figure, so that the situation can be brought out into the open.
- Don’t Keep Secrets
Your child should never be under the impression that they need to keep a secret, especially when it involves a situation that is bothering them. Let your child know that no other person should ever have control over how they feel and that they are able to come and tell you anything. If you are not present, encourage them to tell another adult who will provide them with help.