Keeping our kids safe is one of our primary duties as parents. Unfortunately the world we live in isn’t perfect, and with them being vulnerable and naive it’s up to us to ensure their mental and physical wellbeing. But what exactly can we do to keep our kids safe in different areas of their lives? Here are just a few ideas.
Safety at home
We think of our homes as one of the safest places in the world- however it’s where the most accidents occur. Our homes really can be a death trap- hot water, irons, cookers, electrics, cleaning chemicals, knives, power tools and more can all pose a risk to anyone that lives there. And especially so when it comes to children, so as parents we have to be vigilant. This article on home safety tips for kids speak about using toilet locks, being wary of fireplaces and being aware of high up items that children or babies can pull down onto themselves. Do your research, so many things can become a hazard at home that you’d probably never realise.
Safety in the car
There are a few ways to ensure safety in the car. The first is to choose a car which has been proven to be extra safe. Dummy crash test results and safety features are things to look out for when you’re considering a car model. Secondly is the way you drive the car. Avoid rush hour where possible where traffic is heavy and people are more likely to take risks. Leave plenty of time for your journey, and follow the rules of the road to the letter. Don’t be lazy with things like indicators and maintain good lane discipline. Keep your wits about you too- you might be a good driver but not everyone is. Finally, a proper child seat or booster seat based on your child’s age is essential.
These days, children grow up with technology. It’s not uncommon for a toddler to be able to work a smartphone or an ipad, and then when they get a little older they’re introduced to the world of chat apps and social media. As parents, it can be tricky keeping up and monitoring their use, just because they’re more computer savvy than us! However, it’s vital to keep our children safe online, the idea of being groomed or exposed to inappropriate material is our worst nightmare as parents. Be aware that social media sites do have a minimum age, don’t allow your children to sign up before this. Or if you do, ensure they’re only using it under your direct supervision. Use child blocks and other software to keep children safe online, and educate them of the dangers of speaking to people they don’t know.
Our children being hurt, mentally or physically is every parent’s worst nightmare. Being aware of the risks and dangers can help you to avoid them.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to keep their child from danger?