As the school year starts once again, it won’t hurt to make sure your child knows all the safety rules.
We have made a list of questions you can ask your children. You can even print them out and give them as a test. Believe us, some of the answers might surprise you.
How will your child act in a dangerous situation?
- An intruder is trying to break into the house where a child was left alone? The child needs to call their parents before dialing 911. The conversation with the rescue service may run over, during which time the parents could call and warn the neighbors.
- Taking food, toys, or other items from strangers is unacceptable! Teach your children that they can occasionally take advantage of the generosity of the old lady next door, but that’s about it.
- If there is a risk of fire in your house or apartment, your child should quickly leave the building and call the fire department. While they are on their way, your child should turn to the neighbors for help. It is strictly prohibited to try and extinguish the fire on your own.
- If someone on the street is asking your child for help, they should turn them down with a clear “no“ and quickly leave. If a person really needs help, they’ll turn to adults first.
- The main thing here is to remain calm and not provoke the animals to attack. You shouldn’t look the dogs in the eyes, but you can divert their attention with any object such as a cap, an umbrella, or a notebook. Throw it aside carefully, and start to slowly move away from the pack without turning your back.
- Teach your children not to visit people who are barely familiar to them, even if a stranger introduces themselves as a family friend. That applies to unfamiliar children as well. Your child can always refuse under the pretext of being watched by one of their parents.
- Your child should leave the house or apartment immediately, go to the neighbors, and call the fire department.
- It is dangerous to go into an elevator with strangers. Teach your children to turn down offers to do so. Instead, they can say they’re going to wait for their parents who are on their way. Remind your children that only the adults they know are safe company.
- The right decision in this situation is to enter a supermarket, a hair salon, or any other place with people around and to call the parents from there.
- ”Don’t open the door to strangers” seems to be a universally known rule. Make sure your child understands it correctly. Some people believe that the main danger behind a door is a man. However, even innocent-looking old ladies and children can pose a threat.
- What can be done if someone grabs your child? The surest measure is to attract people’s attention. They can shout and fight. If necessary, they can take a rock and throw it at the nearest window or car. Compensation for damage won’t cost you as dearly as the consequences of meeting an abuser.
- Teach your children to keep calm if they find themselves in a crowd. They need to gradually shift toward the edge of the crowd but not go against it. It’s dangerous to approach objects with protruding elements, such as bars. If your child is in the crowd with an accompanying adult, they should put the child on their shoulders.
- If your child is on the street during a thunderstorm, the first thing to do is find a safe shelter. They can go into the nearest shop or entrance hall. If there is no shelter nearby, they can hide among low trees in a park. It’s not safe to be near metal structures, pools of water, high trees, and cars. Remember that the most dangerous lightning is the one immediately followed by a roll of thunder.
- Don’t succumb to provocations and threats. If a child is being threatened, he or she should immediately tell their parents or call a helpline. The duty of every parent is to establish a trusting relationship with their children without intruding on their privacy.
- Your child should know that it is absolutely forbidden to skate on a frozen river.Such activities should only be practiced in specially designated areas under the supervision of adults.
- Inform your child of the danger of medicine. Even if he or she is sure that a certain pill relieves a headache, don’t allow them to use it in your absence. Tell your children to call you or other relatives if they feel unwell.
Teach your children the rules of safe behavior gradually but steadily. They shouldn’t develop a feeling that the outside world is evil. It’s good if they are attentive and cautious in certain situations. But the rest of the time, let them enjoy their childhood — arguably the most beautiful time of one’s life.