Every parent’s main concern is keeping their child safe when they are out of sight, whether on their route to or from school, in the park, or anywhere else. However, the best method to protect them is to teach your child certain safety skills.
What Parents can do:
- Set limits for your child in terms of where they go, who they see, and what they do.
- Always be aware of where your child is? Make it a rule that before they step out of the house they take your permission.
- Discuss with your child how to recognize trustworthy adults to whom they can turn to if they are in danger.
- Teach your child that bad people don’t always appear evil; they can also smile and act friendly. Teach the child not to be tricked.
- Teach your child to memorize your mobile number, house-address and parents name so that they can reach you at all times.
- Teach them to walk or play in groups and not alone. There is always safety in numbers.
- Teach your child to scream or make noise if someone tries to touch them or treats them in an uncomfortable way that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.
- On days when thunderstorms are expected, children should not play outside. Educate them on the weather conditions and a few tips to tackle them. Even on a beautiful day, the weather can shift quickly and unexpectedly. Children should return home or seek cover if it rains suddenly but not under a tree.
- Children who are playing outside are almost certain to sweat considerably. Teach them the consequences of dehydration and the need of replacing fluids with water rather than sugary drinks.
- Teach your children to never run out into the street for a ball, a pet or any reason without looking around for vehicles or any objects that could harm them.
- Most children are aware of the importance of wearing a face mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Make sure that masks and tiny bottles of hand sanitizer are readily available before sending your children out.
While keeping children active is a crucial component of their development, taking them outside to play has some additional risks. Fortunately, there are actions parents can take to reduce hazards while still allowing children time and space to play outside, giving them access to all of the physical, emotional, and social benefits that come with it.