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Guest Post: Teaching Children Safety Rules
Many children see the world as entirely safe, which is why it is so important for parents to teach them safety rules at such a young age. If you are a parent, teach your kids below 10 safety rules to ensure they stay safe
10 Most Important Safety Rules for Toddlers
1. Never go anywhere with a person you don’t know.
For children, it can be hard to understand that the man who is looking for his lost puppy, or the woman who has a new doll in the trunk of her car would do them harm. As parents, we know this is a possibility. It is crucial that you teach your children they should never go with a stranger, whether that’s into the woods to look for a lost pet or to their car to get something. Above all else, they should absolutely never get into a vehicle with someone they do not know, regardless of what they may say to get them there.
2. Never eat something you are given by a stranger.
It’s important to make sure your kids understand that they should never accept food from someone they do not know, unless you are with them and give them your consent to do so. Remind them that this applies to any and everything, including food that doesn’t appear to have ever been opened.
3. Never play with fire.
While you may think your child already knows this, this is definitely a safety rule you should go over again. Explain that under no circumstances should they play with matches or a lighter. In the event, they come across something they believe may be flammable while playing, they should not touch it. Instead, they should come get you and take you back to it. This is also a good time to make them aware they should never play with guns or knives.
4. Never allow someone to touch your body.
Unfortunately, this is a crucial safety rule that your child should be taught at a young age. Explain the difference between a “good touch” and a “bad touch.” At the same time, make them aware that only mommy and/ or daddy should touch “bad” spots when the situation warrants it. Make them aware they should scream for help if anyone ever touches them in a “bad spot.”
5. Trust your instincts.
Make sure your child knows that if he or she is ever in a situation where they are pressured to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should not do it. They should also know that if they start to feel uncomfortable around someone, such as when someone is bothering them, they do not have to be nice. Instead, they can run and ask for help.
6. Don’t open the door for strangers.
Whether your child is old enough to be left on their own for a period of time or you are going to take a shower and leave your younger child unattended, make it clear they should not open the door. If you are home, they should go get you. If you are not home, they should simply not answer the door. Make them aware that this applies to anyone…door-to-door salesmen, flower delivery person, even someone dressed as a postman. If they are not 100% certain they know the person on the other side of the door, it should remain closed and locked.
7. It’s okay to reveal unsafe secrets.
Explain the difference between unsafe secrets and safe secrets. For example, pedophiles and other criminals often tell children they should keep what they are doing a secret. The same applies to secrets a friend may tell them about abuse or any unsafe activity they may be considering. As a general rule, your child should know that they should share with you any secret that makes them feel uncomfortable.
8. Never give out your personal information online.
In today’s technologically advanced world, children are going online at younger and younger ages. Let them know that they should never tell someone their full name, nor should they give out their phone number or address. This also applies to their passwords, even to friends. After all, there can be major consequences if someone takes over their email or social media accounts.
9. Know when and how to call 911.
From the time your child is old enough to understand the concept of 911, make them aware of situations in which they might need to call 911. This is also the right time to ensure they know their basic identifying information to give to their dispatcher, including their name, address, and age. Also, teach them to tell the 911 dispatcher what has happened so they can determine what type of emergency response is needed.
10. Know the rules of the streets.
Give him or her clear boundaries when it comes to playing outside. They should know where they can ride their bicycles and where they cannot. Additionally, make them aware that they should never cross the road without looking both ways first. Be sure to remind them that this also applies when they are playing ball. If a ball rolls out into the street, do not immediately run out after it. Instead, stop and look both ways.