Keeping Your Kids Safe Through the Colder Months
You may think that, as the weather cools down, your kids will be more inclined to want to spend more time indoors. Except, you’ve forgotten about the joys of rolling around in piles of raked leaves, making snowmen, and ice skating on a frozen pond.
So, your kids may actually want to start playing outside more as the fall and winter progresses. That’s great news for everyone! Your kids can get some fresh air, and you can make sure they’re having fun while having a little bit of quiet.
Of course, whenever your kids change their play habits, it’s important to make sure you’re paying attention to their safety. Safety considerations during those times when kids are outdoors is much different than indoor safety.
Make sure you have these things covered to keep your kids safe:
Teach kids safety basics
Have a safety plan in place
Teach kids self-reliance
Check on other parents
Teach Your Kids Basic Safety Information
Especially if your kids are young, it’s important to teach them basic safety. Safely crossing the street, obeying traffic laws, not talking to strangers, and staying in well-lit public areas are all important things for people to remember in general.
Although you probably think of these things without prompting, your kids may not recognize it yet. If you’re able to, be sure to bring up safety during your everyday life so that it becomes second nature to them. For example, when you go to the store, cross using the crosswalk and point it out to your kids. That way, they’ll start to understand that being mindful of their safety is something that they should do everyday.
Create a Plan in Case Your Children Get Lost
If your kids get lost while out playing, it’s important to have a plan in place. Obviously, you want to teach your kids safety tips so that they don’t get lost in the first place. But you want to hope for the best and plan for the worst. Not only do you need to come up with a plan of action on your end, it’s also a good idea to let your kids know what they should do if they end up in that situation.
For example, do you want to provide them with a cell phone that they can use to call you in an emergency? Should you tell them to find a security guard who can help? Want to establish a curfew, so that you know when you can start to suspect that something may have gone wrong? Do you want to bring them to playgrounds and other places yourself?
Discuss and establish that plan with your family, and make sure that everyone is on board.
Tell Your Kids How to Deal with Safety Issues On Their Own
One of the most important things to do when it comes to safety is to teach your children to tackle important issues that they may run into directly. It’s one thing to tell your kids not to talk to strangers. But what do they do if a stranger tries to approach them? Be attuned to potential threats and help your kids develop safety strategies that they can use.
Kids can learn safety skills even at a very young age, especially if they’re going to be playing outside with friends. Although your family’s safety plan can get more complex in the future, the first steps toward safety should be simple and easy to understand.
Keep an Eye on Friends’ Parents
You can definitely allow your kids to play with other kids from school; it’s an important part of making sure they build strong relationships outside of your family. However, you also need to make sure that the people they’re with are trustworthy, especially the parents. When you want to try and make sure that parents are trustworthy, PeopleFinders is a good place to start.
At PeopleFinders, you can find information on millions of American adults, and that may include the parents around whom your kids are going to be spending time. Try and perform a criminal records check on those parents. You may find information about violent crimes and sex offender registries, information that may make it easier to choose who your kids should be friends with, and who shouldn’t be around them.
You don’t have to build huge constructs around your children to keep them safe. You just have to make sure that they’re knowledgeable about how to stay safe, and that they understand how to function in potentially dangerous situations. With that knowledge in their back pocket, you can feel better about them going out to play in the snow.
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