Safeguarding your children is a priority for all parents. When a baby becomes a toddler and a teenager, protecting him or her becomes increasingly difficult. A child’s independence increases as they get older. Keeping your kids safe without undermining trust is easy with these four tips.
- Get a Numbers Tracker
It is not just annoying to receive calls from unknown numbers – they are potentially dangerous as well. It is possible to detect the caller’s location and details through some apps or websites. There is software for any Android and iOS device. A good mobile number tracker will provide you with a wealth of information. It is possible to trace cell phone numbers and landline numbers, as well as vehicle license plates.
- Playdate Precautions
Your neighbours may be able to provide you with useful advice. It is important to know the family of your child’s friends if they are invited to playdates. What goes on in their house? How are the kids treated? If they are left to their own devices, can they go out or browse the internet without supervision?
Ensure that there are no guns in the house (if there are, they should be secured). You need to explain to your child that if they behave in a dubious manner, they should leave. What if their friend suggests watching porn or drinking something suspicious? What if an adult touches them inappropriately?
The power of social pressure cannot be overstated. This is another subject worth discussing. Your child must know they can give a fake excuse like “Oops, I just remembered I have a dentist appointment!” if they suspect danger.
- Anti-Bullying Tools
Kids who are vulnerable are targeted by bullies. The best way to keep them at bay is by nurturing your child’s self-esteem. They will be protected from toxic peers by having strong relationships with their friends and relatives.
Bullying often starts with a single mean remark. If the target is visibly upset, the bully won’t stop. Teach your kid some ways to stand up to bullies with dignity. They must understand there is nothing shameful in walking away or asking an adult for help. It is okay to feel hurt or frightened, but they should act in a way that prevents escalation.
- Car Safety
Traffic accidents cause most teen deaths. It is never too early to teach kids about car and traffic safety. Mention news stories about accidents at the dinner table. Remember that you are their role model, so never text while driving — leave your phone in the back seat. Instil the habit of buckling up.
Talk and Listen
It is not enough for parents to instruct their children on safety matters. They must be active listeners. Engage your child in conversations that encourage them to reflect and to develop good judgment. Remember that they also need to feel heard.
Pay attention to what they say when they want to share anything. Never openly dismiss your kids’ concerns as immaturity. Find out about their worries and fears. Make sure your communication is not a one-way street.