Outdoor Safety Tips for Kids

kids_playing_in_snow_w640 Early in 2013, two teenagers in Pennsylvania made headlines when they helped save a five-year-old girl from a kidnapper by pursuing the man's car on their bikes. The young child had been in the front yard playing when she disappeared. It was reported that the kidnapper had offered to take the girl out for ice cream. This event serves to remind parents that though home security systems can help protect possessions and loved ones, extra precautions are necessary, especially with children.

Teach your child about strangers The first step is to educate your kid on which people are strangers. Let them know what constitutes a stranger. The National Crime Prevention Council pointed out that you shouldn't tell your child to avoid all strangers. The organization mentioned that in situations where your young one is lost, the best procedure he or she can take is asking for help. However, you'll want to inform your child of the safe strangers to approach - such as police officers, firefighters and teachers. NCPC also noted that parents should remind their child to ask for help in public areas. 

Educate your young one on scenarios One of the key things to teach your child is how to recognize potentially dangerous situations. The Alton Police Department in Illinois noted that strangers who are very friendly should raise a red flag. Therefore, the group suggested teaching your child to maintain a good amount of space from the stranger. 

The department also mentioned that parents should teach their child to never accept any kinds of treats, money or rides from strangers. Additionally, a child should maintain distance from vehicles that slow down or stop near them. Teach your child not to give any personal information to people he or she doesn't know, including name, address and more. Also, it's important to remember that your child may sport a piece of jewelry with his or her name on it. Point out that a stranger may be potentially dangerous, even if he or she knows your child's name, since he or she may simply be reading the jewelry. 

Protecting your child requires a lot of attention, from keeping an eye on his or her whereabouts to educating him or her on strangers and possible situations that your young one may run into. However, these lessons are essential and well worth the time and effort.

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