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Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Child this Fall

Posted: September 21, 2016

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. The leaves change color, and the crisp air makes it perfect for apple picking or enjoying your favorite pumpkin spice concoction. But fall is also a season that requires you to be a bit more vigilant when it comes to safeguarding your children. As they head back to school and away from the watchful care you’ve provided all summer, they’ll be open to becoming one of the roughly 115 kids accosted by a stranger each year — or one of 20,000 other American children in the ER, since fall is also the official start of the cold and flu season.

We’ve got some advice to help your little one fall into autumn without a single hiccup.

stanger danger

1. Reinforce “stranger danger”

Because many instances of inappropriate adult-child interaction involve a person that the child already knows, it’s best to work with your child to broaden the definition of “dangerous adult.” Instead of only teaching your child to avoid unknown people, also teach them to beware of any adult who asks them to disobey you or keep a secret. They should also know that they shouldn’t take a ride from someone that you haven’t already told them would be picking them up.

high tech leash

2. Keep them on a high-tech leash

A mobile phone is probably the easiest way to keep track of your child. With a quick call, you can find out exactly where they are and who they’re with. In addition, a smart phone can be fitted with tracking software so that you’re able to pinpoint your child’s exact location in the event of an emergency. Of course, owning a smart phone is a big step for kids, so it’s important to make sure that your child is mature enough to use it appropriately. That means no surfing inappropriate websites, and no communicating with anyone that they shouldn’t be.

If you’re worried about your child’s capacity to handle a fully functional smart phone, opt instead for a calling device tailored for children. Most are programmable with only about six numbers so they can’t interact with anyone that you haven’t already pre-approved, and they are fitted with a GPS tracker that enables you to locate them no matter where they are. Plus, your child will have the peace of mind of knowing that their parents are only a button away at all times.

healthy child

3. Make sure their health is Grade A

Fall is the start of the long cold and flu season, and there are a few easy ways you can help your child avoid getting sick:

  • Encourage them to regularly wash their hands — Hand-washing greatly reduces the spread of flu-causing bacteria
  • Make sure they get proper rest — Lack of sleep doubles the risk of getting sick
  • Teach them to avoid touching their face — Cold and flu viruses enter the body through the nose, eyes and mouth.

Fall is an exciting time of year that’s filled with new beginnings. Keep our tips in mind, and your little ones are sure to have a safe and healthy season.