Control, when it comes to safety for children, is a very good thing. It means that in threatening situations, whatever they may be, the child can control their fear and their responses. When taught the appropriate behaviors to situations, even the smallest of children can do this easily and effortlessly, without thinking about it. Their natural instincts can kick in and they can exit the threats without much conscious effort.
There is no doubt that teaching your children about child safety is crucial. You always want your entire family, as well as yourself, to feel safe both inside and outside the home. You teach them not to answer for strangers, never stray from school, and how to call for help. You teach your children so much at home, but what values are they learning at school? As a parent, you have to be actively involved in his school and find out what is being taught, or what isn’t being taught.
Schools should always invest in child safety programs, for every age too. As children mature, different problems are going to arise. Pretty soon your child will be walking home from school alone or hanging out with friends without any parental supervision. The safety program they participated in when they were eight is not going to do as much good when they’re fifteen and involved in entirely different and new scenarios. You need age-appropriate safety programs that kids can feel are relevant to their lives.
Schools should be choosing engaging programs that can get a serious point across without forgetting that the program should still be fun and interesting. The most difficult part is finding a speaker who can relate to the children. Most teenagers feel as though adults have some “warped” sense of what their life is like and they don’t feel like adults truly understand where they are coming from. This is why you have to look for top rated child safety programs that have been shown to be effective. Find speakers that are both entertaining and informative.
Child safety programs should also be accurate. There is only so much information a child, or even an adult for that matter, can digest. You want the information to be fully absorbed, and that is not likely to happen if you jump from topic to topic. Have one program about bullying, one program about drugs and alcohol, etc. -just one program at a time that children can be immersed in. But after the presentation is over, and all is said and done, are these values and lessons being continually taught and practiced? The ideas need to be always brought up during regular curriculum to ensure that the experience is still in your child’s head.
And as mentioned previously, it is also your job as a parent to teach these lessons at home. Involved parents will know more about what’s going on in their children’s lives and can do a much better job at keeping them safe.When your child has a good idea of the distance, teach them to stand whenever someone they don’t know, a stranger, comes close to that fifteen feet. It is a simple exercise like standing. There is no emotion of fear attached to it. It is a simple “stand” that they can do while still playing.