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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 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! 🙂
Do you work in an office? Relatively safe place? It isn’t advisable to forget about the safety even in such place. Everybody knows OHS.
The question is – how do we, employees, contribute to safety? We will tell you what we do at our company, BeeSafe, for our health and safety.
We are convinced that even small things can influence our health. When we are OK, we are more productive! That’s how it works. And besides, it is necessary to consider possible consequences which don’t appear immediately, but, eventually, they will catch up with everybody! 🙂 We don’t want that.
Monitor at eye level… everybody knows the golden rule that protects the cervical spine. We’ve dealt with it in our own way, using books, catalogues and speakers. Who would say you can reveal parts of personalities just by looking at the monitor? See for yourselves.
Changing positions 🙂 Sitting in one position throughout the entire day helps neither health nor productivity. How do we fight it? The favourite place of our project manager is a discreet standing desk in the corner of the office. He is unavailable when dealing with creative tasks as he supplies his brain with blood by constant walking 🙂 A kneeling chair is another great gadget and it is my favourite. Besides the fact its wheels are much quicker than those of an office chair, I tend to be much more upright.
“Shuttling” between the offices is for those who can’t sit in one place. Kitchen is the favourite coworking place and we often have meetings there. Coffeemaker is a fully-fledged team member then. 🙂 The summer is coming and we’re looking forward to our gazebo in the garden. Hmm… I can already smell that fresh air. At this point, I’d also like to mention yet unwritten internal rule. On sunny days, the employees have to use sunscreen when going out to the garden; members of IT team have to use SPF of at least 30+ 🙂
Not enough movement? When we need to come up with new ideas, switch our heads off a little or loosen up – there, empty the dishwasher. 🙂 That’s right. It might be a little uncommon activity when working in an office, but we’re OK with it (at least some of us are). What wouldn’t one do for one’s health?
Last but not least of our golden tips is low-cost. We observe it daily without any special effort to do so. As a matter of fact, it is an extremely infectious activity which strengthens our muscles, provides our brains with blood, decreases the level of stress and costs nothing. Laughter. Who cares if it’s sometimes only a derisive one. O:)
We live in a safe country.
Reality? A dream?
Maybe my linguistic spirit is talking and maybe it is a reaction to the recent events… I’m subconsciously changing the punctuation.
Do we live in a safe country?
Somebody googles the stats straight away, observes the numbers, compares. The results aren’t that bad! Slovakia is quite safe.
Quite? Unless something happens. It’s not only about numbers; it’s about people. About safety.
And so I’ve googled. Not numbers, but ideas. The technology is constantly progressing. Cities we perceive as the safest today prove it by their solutions.
Some ideas are waiting to be implemented, others already contribute directly to increasing the safety. What are they?
Complex security system monitoring
Singapore deservedly belongs among the safest cities in the world. They take the issue of public safety very seriously and their special Safe City Programme proves it. It is a series of measures, containing, besides others, advanced data analysis, use of visualizations, displaying camera recordings via automatic notifications in real time, tracking the GPS location of ground troops during an action etc. The acquired results allow them to successfully increase the safety of their citizens, success rate and efficiency of interventions by law-enforcement agencies and decrease the criminality from long-term point of view.
Small Smart Idea
You might have heard the news thatthe Chinese police started using the so called Smart Glasses for their work. High number of cameras which record what is happening in public places are now supplemented by special glasses that are able to see more than a humaneye. They help with faster and more precise identification of a potential offender. How does it work? The Smart Glasses are interconnected with state database. Using the glasses, a policeman can take a picture of a suspect, who is then automatically compared to people in the database. Subsequently, the policeman is notified whether he is following a wanted or otherwise dangerous person. The technology has already achieved first successes, with the police being able to catch 7 wanted people and reveal false identities of 35 people.
Security solution? Professional predictions
Work of the police in Great Britain has also undergone a great change due to the advance and new technologies. Using the latest technologies and aided by advanced analytics, recordings by public cameras and collecting of statistical data, they have managed to create a special map called “Predictive crime mapping”, which they use for marking the locations of potential emergence of crime and subsequently regulate the movements of specific law-enforcement agencies. The practice has clearly proven that it is 10-times more efficient if patrols focus on places that have been marked as locations with higher probability of occurrence of danger than having the places controlled randomly.
Bizarre or brave idea?
New Zealand has come up with possibly the bravest (or most bizarre) idea of solving security. After all, see for yourselves! 🙂 They would like to use specially-equipped drones to improve the efficiency of law-enforcement agencies’ interventions. These would differ from common drones by improvements like searchlights, cameras and ability to make warning sounds and signs. The drones adjusted in such way could disturb or scare off a perpetrator, record their movement and, for example, get to crime scene more easily and quickly than the law-enforcement agencies themselves. Citizens of New Zealand have shown differing reactions to the idea of security improvement through these modern devices. On one hand, we can speak of enthusiasts; on the other hand, there are those who, paradoxically, consider drones too dangerous to contribute to security improvement.
Smart idea from our little country
Good news? Slovakia does not fall behind. There are plenty of ideas and we have come up with one as well! We present an intelligent safety platform BeeSafe Safe City to improve the security in cities. It contributes to the safety itself also through interaction with those who know their surroundings the best – citizens of a specific city – who, using the simple mobile application, report threats and potential danger. Central system collects statistical data, evaluates them and reflects the results in a map.
Would you also like to live in a safer city? Are you interested in our idea? Would you like to know how it works? Visit our web or contact us directly, we’ll be happy to tell you more about our vision 😉