Just telling children about the bad things that might happen makes them anxious but not necessarily safer.
Fear produces anxiety but not solutions. We make anxiety go away my making a plan. When we are anxious about a test we study. That is making a plan for taking the test.
Children do not perceive safety as adults do, which is why it is so important for families to supervise them and practice safety skills. One study found that approximately 36% of non-family abductions happened when children were going to or coming home from school and school activities.
Family outings and school field trips will be safer and more enjoyable if you plan a few safety rules ahead of time with your children. Learn more about these safety tips at the workshop.
Children who can set clear strong boundaries and who know how to get help are less likely to be abused and more likely to be able stop someone from molesting them. Learn how to teach your child to set strong boundaries. Teach your child about safe touch, and safe secrets.
Most coaches truly care about kids, but some use the position to gain access to children. It is important for parents to be attentive to who is supervising their children, and what the program policies are. Learn safety tips parents should know.
When considering leaving a child alone, start with a family conference to set the house rules, the expectations of each family member, and the daily routine. End each day with a family meeting to see how it went. Ask: Will the experience be positive and build the child’s self-image, or will it promote anxiety? Does he or she have the personality, self-confidence, and judgment skills to accept this responsibility? Learn specific preparations parents should make before leaving children at home alone.