The world can be a dark and dangerous place. This is not a pleasant fact but it is a fact nonetheless and so it is vital that children know how to protect themselves even from a young age. There are several safety tactics that parents must teach their children in order to give that child the knowledge they will need to survive.
Some of the most basic safety lessons are also the easiest. For instance, even small children can grasp simple concepts such as the dangers of fire, sharp objects, and jumping on the bed (that could easily result in taking a fall). Making sure to wear a helmet while riding a bike, looking both ways before crossing the street, and staying with a parent when in a crowded place like a mall are also excellent safety precautions that all children should be taught to tacitly follow.
The most difficult safety lessons to teach children—especially little ones—are those that involve keeping oneself safe from unhinged individuals. Children should know never to trust strangers or walk away with an adult that they do not know—regardless of what that adult says to them, how nice they seem, or what wonderful promises they tempt with. There have been numerous cases of children being kidnapped by strangers who lured them with the promise of candy or seeing cute animals and so it is essential that children understand that not all grownups are nice and honest—some are downright tricky and deceitful.
Parents want their children to feel secure and safe but, unfortunately, part of ensuring their safety is telling them about the dangers life has to offer. When done in an age-appropriate way, this will make children more socially savvy and capable of avoiding bad situations simply by using good judgment. However, unless good judgment and morals are instilled within children then they will not have such instincts to fall back on.
As children get older they will need to use good judgment to gauge things such as friendships. By having a strong moral background they will be able to decipher who is safe to hang around with and who is best avoided. This will make children less likely to get involved in dangerous social situations like gangs or hanging around with bad crowds such as drug users.
Overall, it is a parent’s job to instill safety tactics into children from the time that they are young to heighten the chances that the child will grow up to avoid bad situations. This is the best way to help them grow up without running into social, emotion, or legal troubles.
Below is a slide show of seven safety-related things to be conscious of.