There are over 2,000 reports of missing and abducted children sent to the FBI every day.
The scope of this article is to show you just a few of the basic child safety lessons you can teach your child to keep them safe and out of harm’s way.
- Be sure that your child knows their name, address, including city, state and zip code.
- Another useful information for them is knowing your phone number, including area code, your names, work addresses or at least the name of the company where you work.
- Teach your child to be confident to use any phone (with buttons, touchscreen or old fashion phones) and how to make an emergency call to you or emergency services from a pay phone.
- Tell your kids is okay to call 911 when they have an emergency.
- Teach them how to make a long distance call, either directly to you using the area code or by dialing “0” for the operator.
- Make sure you leave your kids a neighbors’ phone number to call if someone tries to get into the house or if they have an emergency situation. Show them how to keep a phone agenda with trustful persons and use it when they don’t feel safe.
- Teach your children that if they are scared of someone, they should run until they feel safe. They may need to scream if something wrong is happening. Practice with them their most annoying scream.
- Another important thing you have to teach them is that it’s ok not to talk to a grown-up, especially if they don’t know him or feel unsafe.
- To avoid a real danger, they should beware of an adult that asks them to keep a secret from their parents.
- A wise thing is never telling anyone over the phone that they are home alone, and never open the door to strangers.
- You should show them how to talk through a door or window to anyone delivering a package, and to tell the person to leave the package at the door.
- If they ever get lost, you should teach them to ask the closest store clerk for help and then stay where they are until you find them.
- Teach them why they should avoid shortcuts, when they are going out.
- In case someone abducts them, teach your child how to scream, kick, bite and fight as hard as they can to get away! Usually, kids are naive. However, they should learn to be smart and never to trust the person who kidnapped them.
- Tell your kids to share with you immediately if someone is making them feel uncomfortable.
- As a responsible parent, you should be preventive and agree with your child to ask for permission before getting on the Internet. Don’t allow them to talk to people online without your permission.
- Keep your computer in supervised areas such as the living room.
Other important aspects to keep things under control are:
- Establish a relationship based on trust with your children from the beginning.
- Don’t leave children unattended in a vehicle.
- Make sure you can contact your kids all the time even when they are not with you.
- Get involved in your children’s daily activities.
- Listen to them anytime no matter how tired you are.
- Get your kids perspective about inappropriate incidences you hear on the news.
- Look for suspicious people. It could be anyone who takes an unusual interest in your children.
- Your kids need to be aware that not everything is safe and should never enter into a stranger’s house without your permission. Teach your children whose house they are allowed to enter.
How do you keep your child safe? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.