Safety Tips For Kids This Summer

June 29th, 2009

summer_childrenNow that June is almost over, kids everywhere are enjoying a carefree summer away from classes, homework and teachers. It’s up to the adults to make sure they have a safe and secure experience. PeopleFinders.com is happy to help by presenting a few child safety tips.

Children’s Safety In Public
While your kids are on break they usually tag along when you run errands. Start these excursions by making sure their seat belts are on, locking the doors and rolling up the windows. Criminals look for easy targets, so an open window or unlocked door may seem like an invitation to a carjacker. Never leave a child alone in a vehicle for any reason. It only takes a second for someone to break the glass and get inside.


When you’re out in public always keep your kids in sight. Accompany younger children into public restroom and wait right outside for older kids. Leaving young people unsupervised even for a moment can have disastrous results if a predator notices. Give each child a piece of paper with your name and number on it in case you do get separated. A responsible adult can use it to contact you immediately.

Safety For Kids At Home
Your children can’t go everywhere you do, so it’s important to teach them about home safety. Give your kids a list of emergency numbers including the fastest way to contact you, 911 and numbers for trusted friends or family. Your kids may not answer the phone, but if they do make sure they never tell anyone they are home alone. More importantly, tell your children not to answer the door for any reason while they are unsupervised. Sit down with your kids to talk about these safety rules, and show them every way to get out of your house so they have several escape routes in case of an emergency.

Some parents hire care givers to watch their children during the summer months. Before allowing anyone into your home, you can learn everything you need to know about them by ordering a Background Check or finding out if they have Criminal Records on file. When it comes to your home and children, there is no such thing as being too cautious.

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Stranger Danger
You’ve heard the term, but what does it mean for your family? Every parent must teach their children about staying away from strangers. Explain that some strangers can be helpful – police officers, store clerks or even other children – but that it’s best to stay away from adults they don’t know. Warn your kids not to accept anything from a stranger. Predators use many tricks to find a victim, such as offering candy, asking for directions or even claiming to know you. Let your kids know that if they ever feel threatened the best thing to do is run away.

At PeopleFinders.com we understand the dangers that certain strangers pose, so we provide information about sex offenders who may be living close to your home or school. Order a Sex Offender Report by Zip Code, Name or City to see a list of registered sex offenders in your area. It’s a great way to stay informed and keep your family safe.

Children are our most precious resource, and it’s up to us to keep kids safe.  June is National Safety Month, and we hope these safety tips will help keep your family safe all year long. Have a safe and exciting summer!

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