Summer is nearing its end…and we are getting our kids ready for back to school – so we asked our mom friends if they had any questions or concerns about their children’s safety…there were so many…but we picked a few of the top concerns to address in this blog – Back to school – keeping your child safe……..
A: Sit down with your child and talk to him about a plan of action for walking to school. Make sure your child is comfortable with walking to school. We recommend that he use the buddy system and not walk alone. Children walking alone are more vulnerable so we recommend that you set up a group for your child to walk with – other children or perhaps a grown-up that you trust to walk with them. Children are always safer in numbers. Make sure you outline the route for him to go with no shortcuts and to stay on the sidewalk. Do some dry runs with your child before school starts. Discuss “what if?” scenarios while you are walking. What would you do if it started raining while you are walking? What if a neighbor offers you a ride? Discuss all options – letting your child learn safest and smartest choice problem solving. Conclusion is often for a child to Check First by using their cell phone and checking with their responsible grownup. Review what the plan of action is if a car/stranger stops to ask/talk to him. Explain: Adults should not be asking children for help they should be asking adults. He should NEVER even get into a conversation with a person in a car – he should yell “NO!” run and go tell a trusted adult. Explain to him that he does NOT have to be polite to an adult he doesn’t know. His safety always comes first. If anything unusual happens along the way he should always report it to the main office when he arrives at school.
Q: My son is starting Kindergarten and we are leaving the comfort of the preschool where I knew all the parents. What do I do when a kid I don’t know wants to have a play date with my child? I am not comfortable letting my child go to a house where I don’t know the family.
What if you do know the parents? There are still some good questions you can ask
Will you be home the whole time? If not, who will be watching the kids? (gives you the opportunity to be comfortable or not with the answer) Personally, we have turned down play dates because we were not comfortable with a nanny or teenage sibling watching them.
Do you own a gun? Half of Americans have a gun in their home. Even your relatives. Ask if it is locked up secure from the kids. Too many accidental deaths from kids randomly finding a gun.
Do you let the children play in the parent’s bedroom? We suggest parents bedrooms be off limits to play dates. It is often the place where guns are hidden and perhaps other inappropriate items for children. (Pornography, etc.)
Does your child have any allergies? This is need to know information.
At the end of the day, you need to trust your instincts as a parent and communicate with your child. We recommend that you sit down as a family and have a discussion about back to school safety, discuss your child’s concerns and come up with a plan of action that works for your family. For more information, parent tips visit our web site www.kidsafefoundation.org If you have a question email us email@example.com here is a preview of Q & A for next week:
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