Your child’s safety matters to you more than it matters to him. Look at him, he’s a little kid, who doesn’t know a thing about the world. It’s you, who’d have to protect him from all the dangers around him and ensure he enjoys a healthy upbringing.
You may be a responsible parent, but responsibility is among many requirements of proper parental guidance. There are other requirements, which are equally important, and which you need to fulfil in order to safeguard your children. In this article, I’ll give you an idea of what you need to do for their protection.
Safety around strangers
I know we can’t generalize, and associate strangers with dangers. But kids need to be educated about what to do and how to behave when a stranger is around. The education should start at a very tender age, and continue till they mature.
Most perpetrators of child sexual abuse cases are not strangers, but people, with whom the kids were already familiar. What does that imply? It implies kids need to be educated not only about strange people, but also about strange behaviors.
It’s always wise to stay prepared for the worse. The kid may get lost or a kidnapper may attempt to steal him. You need to prepare him for such situations. Teach your kid to shout his lungs out if a stranger grabs him. Also, inform him which places he should avoid going. As he grows up, explain him the reasons.
All parents want their children to be healthy. They should know the early stages of a child’s life are the most important in terms of his future health and well-being. As a parent, you need to have your kids vaccinated before he reaches a certain age. You can get all information related to vaccination from CDC’s site.
Here’s a list of diseases that can be prevented if you vaccinate your children at the right age. You can see the list includes innocuous diseases such as Pertussis and Mumps, as well as severe diseases such as Hepatitis B.
While vaccination is essential for kids, it comes with side-effects. Fortunately, the side-effects are mild, and not severe. Redness, itchy skin and swelling are some of the common side effects, which can be treated by over-the-counter medicines.
Many parents can’t fathom the significance of internet safety, which is disappointing to say the least. As a responsible parent, you must educate your kids about safe ways to browse the internet. Cybercrimes have been on the rise and children have been becoming the soft targets of cybercriminals.
Parents should monitor the internet usage of their children, and teach them not to share personal details with anyone on the web. Some websites feature content, which are not suitable for kids. Such sites often have malicious links, on which children unknowingly click and Trojan spyware automatically get installed in the machine. As a parent, you need to block such sites and regularly scan machines that are being used by your kids.
Someone said it right – dangers lurk in the roads. Reckless driving, driving under the influence of addictive substances, not following pedestrian safety guidelines are some of the reasons behind accidents on the road. Children, especially children under the age of five cross streets without looking at traffic signals, which increases the odds of them being hit or rolled over by a car.
As a parent, you need to educate your children about the importance of following road safety guidelines. Make sure you instill the lessons in them, and the lessons get buried deep inside. This way, crossing roads safely would become a habit for them when they grow up.
Keeping children at a safe distance from fires is not enough. You need to educate them about fire safety do’s and don’ts. The checklist includes not keeping inflammable materials near a possible source of fire, identifying potentially hazardous materials, being careful during festivals such as Christmas, Halloween, etc, keeping candles and sconce lamps considerably away from curtains, etc. A structure fire expert would lay down these advice so an apartment fire could be avoided.
Your children might ask you why they need to do all these. Don’t lose patience if they ask this question. Appreciate their curiosity and tell them with a smile that they’d get to know why these are necessary when they grow up.
Safety is essential
I insist you to follow all the safety tips discussed here in this article. Your child’s safety is essential, and you cannot compromise with that.
Contributed by http://www.firesafetyconsultant.com/