Children are sweet and tender beings and being around children can be sweet, amazing and sometimes they could be annoying. Especially when it comes to their safety, they could be stubborn to heed warning.
A man once asked, “what must I do to keep my children safe without harming their psychological and emotional development?” He was amazed at the answers he got, some of which would be shared in this article.
EVERYDAY SECURITY: 7 Security Tips for Children’s Safety
So, what are the 7 security tips children must know, trust this piece is a must-read for everyone willing to keep children safe and happy. Here are seven security tips to keep them safe and secured.
Keep the doors locked and do not open to strangers
This is probably the first rule of children’s security, parents and guardians are sometimes too careful to get their children to know about their friends. Develop the habit of introducing your children to relatives and friends so that when they come visiting, your children will be able to recognise them and avoid strangers.
Help children overcome low self-esteem
Children should be encouraged to speak out, when there is an impending danger they can have the confidence to raise alarm or report a security threat. Children with high self-esteem always feel competent and matured enough to take charge.
Let them in on basic secretarial skills
Peradventure, you have an unannounced visitor and for some reasons the children do not recognise your guests, simply ask them to give you a call to confirm the guest or the guest places a call instead before letting them in. Keeping records wouldn’t be a bad idea, let them have a small notepad to jot down important facts on visitors. Trust me; this could be a life-saving habit if harnessed.
Know your caregivers
Choosing a wrong caregiver can lead to adoption and sometimes molestation of the children. Gone are those days when women do not work, these days most women are obliged to work in other to support the family. Looking after the children then becomes difficult due to factors like distance from place of work to homes. As a result, most parent employ nannies, house-maids and even gateman to watch over their wards. You will be doing yourself a lot of good if you take your time to get the right caregiver.
Avoid sharing personal information without parents’ consent
We know how assuring children can be at times; they want to flaunt their knowledge. When asked about their parent’s whereabouts, they are eager to let visitors know. This is just a common inbound character of children, perhaps the only time they won’t answer the question of “where are your parents?” is if they don’t know. Children should develop the habit of querying a guest, they should be inquisitive.
Questions like, where are you from?, what is your name? should be asked. If for any reason a child must give out a phone number or name, the child should try to seek approval from the parent, or ask the guest to put down a note. Understandably, this can be embarrassing, but this will also do you are lot of good.
Let them memorize your phone number and emergency numbers
The mobile phone is probably man’s greatest invention. Your children should have access to mobile phones and should be able to quote your phone number offhand. This will come in handy when there is an emergency, and off course you can also reach them to pass a warning or information that can help save life and property. Police and other emergency response agencies’ phone number shouldn’t be out of reach.
Children should not walk alone
While going to school it is advised that children should move in a group rather than walking alone. This helps a child to be aware of his or her surroundings, helping them to device escape route when there is an impending danger like kidnapping. If the school is so far from the home, you might consider getting them registered in the schools bus program or get them a school close to your home.
In conclusion, children are truly special and we must do well to protect them by sharing this article with every caregiver. Children should be discrete about sharing private information, learn to take notes, supported and encouraged in other to improve their self-esteem. More importantly, they should have access to a mobile line. Please share with us, other security tips you’ve implored to keep your children safe. We like to hear from you.