Teaching Young Children Safety
Once your child passes the toddler years, you can gradually begin to teach her how to handle responsible roles and expect more independence from her. The best way to do this is to allow your child to perform tasks that they show a willingness to learn. For example, once in kindergarten, support your child when he tries to dress himself. Show him how the task is accomplished, watch him perform it and provide gentle correction for his errors. This creates a calm and supportive environment for him to mature in.
It will also help provide a firm basis for teaching children personal safety lesson plans for when they are unsupervised. Many schools will bring in the police department to teach children safety lessons. You can do your part by presenting your child with fun safety educational materials such as child safety videos.
Safety Issues and Tips for Latchkey Kids
The phrase 'latchkey kids' originates from the children who were placed in charge of themselves and carried keys for their home around their necks. Today we frequently find families where each parent is at work when kids come home from school or extracurricular activities. Some of these children are even responsible for younger siblings.
If this is the case with your child, it is essential that you provide them with safety rules and perhaps outline a structured activity routine for them to follow when on their own. Have your child call you as soon as they come home from school everyday. Instruct them not to enter the house if the door is unexpectedly open, rather, they should call neighbors and 9-1-1.
Giving them regulations on conduct and safety procedures will ensure they know what to do should an emergency arise. In a visible area, post key information such as emergency numbers, a neighbor's contact information and fire exit plans. With your child, put together a first aid kit and explain the uses of its contents. Key identification figures must be learned by the child - have him memorize his phone number, address, and parents' work and cell phone numbers. Go over this information with your children and make sure they understand the instructions. Remove objects such as alcohol, firearms and dangerous tools or appliances.
Remember that both the child and the parents should feel comfortable with this amount of responsibility. If the child is worried about being home alone or not yet ready to make mature decisions, try to make other arrangements.
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