It is much easier for parents to guarantee home safety for their children and hard to ensure they are safe when they leave for school. As much as you trust the teachers and caregivers who take care of your children while on transit to and from school, you can't help but worry about your children’s safety when they are away from home. For this and many other reasons, it is advisable to teach your children some mandatory safety rules that they should apply when caught in an emergency while away from home. Some of these safety rules include;
Your children may be small, and you may think that they cannot understand or cram numbers and your full name. But, it is always good to teach them your name, mobile phone number, and physical address. Though they may take time to understand all these information, keep repeating until they understand. Your children should be able to give your accurate contact information to an adult in case of any emergency. Also, ensure that your kid memorizes a backup phone number belonging to a close relative or trusted friend that they contact in case you are unavailable.
Kids are gullible and can easily be lured with goodies by malicious strangers. So, emphasize that they should never accept gifts and edible goodies from strangers. Ensure that they understand the dangers of accepting foods from strangers and teach them how to turn down the offers politely.
Children especially boys get thrilled easily by games. So, it is common for them to climb fences as they try to retrieve balls that go over the fence. Teach your children never to attempt climbing a fence because they can fall and break body parts or get permanent damages. Teach them how to seek assistance from an adult.
Similarly, your child should know that they are not allowed to walk off the home yard alone. If they need to get anything from the neighbor or a store nearby, they should be accompanied by an adult.
Your children should know that playing or experimenting with fire is unacceptable and it is punishable.
Your child should understand that strangers are never to be trusted unless when in an emergency situation where they need help from an adult stranger to contact you. Otherwise, if a stranger approaches them and offers to drop them home from school or a ride to the park, they should never accept. Notify them of the people you are likely to send to school in case of an emergency.
Though never emphasized, this is an important safety rule that can save your child from undergoing tormenting abuse situations. Ensure that your kid understands the difference between a good and a bad touch and that nobody else apart from mommy and daddy is allowed to touch them.
If your children get lost, teach them not to panic and remain where they are. Emphasize that they should ask for help from another mother with kids, a security guard or police officer. At this point, they should share your contact information so that you are contacted to pick them up.
Your children should understand that personal information like home address, phone numbers, and emails are private and should not be shared with strangers unless during emergency situations.
Children also have instincts, and they should be taught how to listen to them. So, if your kid is asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should never do it. If they are forced, they should scream and ask for help.
The safety of your children goes beyond ensuring home safety. It is your responsibility to ensure that your children are safe even when they are not with you. Hence, the need to teach them the above safety rules and more.