To love and to protect

Children’s safety? Do it with love 

No, I’m not an expert in love, much less in the one parents feel. 🙂 Logically, I don’t offer you instructions regarding the art of loving then… The title was just supposed to emphasize the close relation of love and the desire to protect, as I’m convinced that protection itself isn’t enough. Especially when children are concerned – they have to be protected with love. Otherwise, it can happen they won’t be interested in our protection… So, how to guarantee children’s safety?

Sometimes, even banal things can save them… Attention, right direction, immediate decision or a well-asked question…

Teach them to protect themselves... 
...but don’t forget to explain it to them with love :)  

Defense, flight and right words

Talk a lot with your children and build trust with them. In the future, you can thus count on them to entrust their worries which complicate their lives to you. It is more complicated to protect your child if they keep their secrets from you. And this holds even more in age of modern technologies. It is this very trust which can reduce the risk of danger children face on the internet.

If a stranger asks for help should a child give it to them? If somebody asks your child for help, they should answer directly with clear “no” and get away. Of course, it is important to help people; however, if somebody really needed help, they would ask an adult for it. Teach your child to keep distance from strangers; you can practise an arm-length distance with them. If a stranger gets closer to your child while talking, they should automatically take one step back.   

In case a strange person addresses your child and wants to take them away, they should automatically ask: “What are my parents’ names?” Or, you can agree on a “Family password” which will help children to find out they are not in danger and can trust this person. A secret question or a word which will be known only to you and your children.  

What should a child do if they notice somebody follows them? They should find the closest shopping center, hairdresser’s or square. A place where there are people. When they are safe, they can call you and you can pick them up there.

Teach your child to fly from a danger 
and not to head for it. 

Anybody who interferes with their personal space can represent a danger. You can explain your child that if somebody caught, held or wanted to take them away, they should attract attention of people around them; they could, for example, shout: “This is not my dad / mom” or “I don’t know you” and make every effort to get away by kicking, scratching, yelling…

Don’t take unnecessary risks!

Modern technologies are here to protect us. You can protect your child even if you are not with them. Install an application which will allow you to monitor their current position into their mobile phone, so that you always know where they are at the moment and if they have already got to school or home and that they are safe.

Providing your child with an SOS button is also one of the options. It can function independently and the child can have it inside the pocket of their trousers or pinned to their clothes, or it can be a functional part of their watch or bracelet. It is important that a child has it handy in case of danger.   

“Home alone” doesn’t have to end up in a disaster

What can a child do if they are alone at home and somebody tries to open the door? It can be surprising, but, before contacting 158, they should call their parents. Parents can use the time during which their child would call with rescue services to call their neighbors for help, thus gaining the precious time. Math prevails in this case as a phone call to parents can take about one minute and there are immediately three people (two parents and one child) to provide information instead of one scared child. Not to mention the fact that a phone call with parents can help the child and calm them down before they talk to the police.  

How should they react if an electrical plug starts smoking while you’re away? The child has to know that if there is fire in a house or a flat, they mustn’t try to extinguish it by any means. First of all, they have to leave the building and, as soon as they are safe outside, it is time to call the firemen, parents or ask neighbors for help.  

What if…?

What should a child do if a strong storm surprises them in the street? Find a safe place quickly and hide themselves in a shopping center, hotel lobby or the nearest café. It isn’t safe to stay close to railway constructions, cars, water tanks and high trees. A lightning heads for the ground through the highest point which is close. Therefore, if you or your child are surprised by storm in a field, don’t try to run from it. You should lie on the ground and wait until it passes.

You will get dirty and wet, but, on the other hand, 
which is most important, alive and well.  

What if a child finds themselves in a crowd of people? Instruct your child to avoid the crowds. If they get into a crowd of people nevertheless, explain to them that the worst they can do is to go in the opposite direction. They have to walk with the crowd, gradually trying to get out. If the child falls over, it can save them to sit up into the so called “fetal position” and covers their head with their arms.  

There is a child in each of us; the only difference is some of us have already stopped celebrating the Children’s Day! 🙂

 

 

Growth team leader at BeeSafe