Do you assume your children are SAFE when at a friends house? What kind of “safety” questions do you ask of the adult in charge? Even if you are “friends” with the parents or your children are in the same class does not mean you can “assume” that they share similar safety habits or values. Here are some questions that you should ask:
· Who will be watching the children?
· Do you have older children and will they or their
friends be present?
· Do you have a gun in your house?
· What safety rules do you have in your house?
· Will you be staying at your house?
What is the plan?
· Is the TV and internet use monitored?
· What are the sleeping arrangements?
Please don’t be embarrassed to ask any adult watching your children the above questions. You are the first line of protection in your child’s safety. Your children need to depend on you to ask those difficult questions and listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to say “no,” change plans or share your discomfort with how the adult in charge answers your safety questions. If you are not putting the safety of your children at the forefront of your mind, why would you assume anyone else will?