K – Safety for Kids

pediatrics

The biggest personal safety issue for children is accidents.

Our online guide deals mostly with crime and sin, detailed information about accident prevention and child safety is easily available on the following great sites:

A Parents Guide to Safety

Online Safety for Kids

European Child Safety Alliance

There are many others with good solid information.

Please remember, the environment in which children grown up is the biggest risk factor for them, unsafe play areas or homes, unsafe friends and family, unsafe food and lack of hygiene, lack of care and guidance.

Our blog wants to help you get a few ideas about teaching your child how to behave in public, “stranger danger”issues and personal safety for kids.

After accidents and disease, the biggest threat to the health and welfare of our children is abuse and molestation, overwhelmingly committed by friends and family. Please teach and show your children some of our tips and information. Keep them safe, they are God’s gift to us.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
(Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

Unfortunately the world is a scary place and there are people out there who prey on children.

No doubt, it is a very important issue that all parents must address – and one that requires ongoing, open communication with their children.

The single most important thing to remember when teaching your children about stranger danger is to instill confidence, rather than fear.

You want to equip your child with the knowledge and strategies they will need to protect themselves in dangerous situations. Also, keep your child’s age and maturity level in mind and base lessons upon that.

Again, stranger danger lessons should be ongoing –adapt the conversation as your child grows as he/she is likely to encounter different types of situations.

Strangers

First and foremost, children need to understand what you mean by stranger.

Not all people unknown to them are necessarily dangerous – they need to understand the difference between “good” and “bad” strangers; an overly simplistic dichotomy, but one that puts the issue in terms a child can understand.

This is important so children understand where and to whom to turn if they are ever lost or feel scared, threatened, or if they think someone may be following them.

Examples of “good” strangers may include police officers, security guards, teachers, store clerks, etc. These are all examples of people to turn to if when your child needs help.

On the other hand, in many situations where your child may be approached by a “bad” stranger – the park, residential street, etc – those easily identifiable people may not be around.

Your child should know that there really are many more “good” people, than “bad.”

If they are approached by a “bad” stranger who tries to lure or physically pull them away, the best thing they can do is get the attention of other adults – whether that is by running to the nearest home, or making enough noise to be heard by someone, the vast majority of adults will help a child in danger.

Additionally, the following are important tips and strategies for children to protect themselves:

  • Know your name, address, and phone number.
  • Use the buddy system – avoid walking anywhere alone.
  • Trust your instincts – if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
  • If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking. Do not accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he or she tells you.
  • If someone is following you try to remember the license plate of his or her vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away or dragging you into his or her car. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”

Try to teach your children awareness of their environment. Being aware of starnegrs approaching them can give them the needed time and space to get away.

While sharing the above tips with your child is extremely important, the best way to teach stranger danger lessons is through role-playing scenarios.

Through our friends and partners from REDZI the CLOWN, we can help you get Redzi the friendly Trini Clown to come and talk and play with children to teach them about safety.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
(Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV)

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
(2 Timothy 3:14-15 Holy Bible ESV)

We firmly believe that every child has the right and need for proper care, lots of love, and a intact family with a mother and a father. Statistics clearly show, that the single most common factor in juvenile delinquents is the lack of a father.

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
(Mark 10:13-16 ESV)

Also as much as social and environmental issues, like poverty, education, location, nutrition, etc. have a role to play in the likelihood of somebody becoming a criminal, every crime starts with a wrong decision. A wrong moral choice leading into sin and crime.

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
(Matthew 18:2-6 ESV)

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