The dog days of summer are about to come to an end and as they do, millions of families across the country will be preparing their children for the start of a new school year. For some, it will be the first year while others will be a grade older. But no matter how old your child is, arming them with safety and security tips is essential and will serve them well into adulthood. Here are 5 of the most major tips you should be sure to teach your child before the first school bell of the new school year rings.
1. Be alert and aware on your way to and from school
Some children will wait at bus stops while others will walk. And still others will ride their bicycles. If your child is getting to school without your assistance, you should be sure that he understands how to keep safe at the bus stop by watching out for unusual people and staying on the sidewalk out of harm’s way. Children that walk or ride bicycles should never use their phones or listen to loud music with their ear buds so they can hear any cars or other people approaching them. Additionally, there is strength in numbers so try to arrange for your child to commute with other children in his class. Small children should always be accompanied by an adult.
2. Don’t add people on social media that you don’t know personally
Children are always excited to have new friends but with today’s technology, that can come with a price. Teach your child to never ever accept a friend request on any social media platform from someone that they do not know personally. It could be a dangerous child predator trying to follow their routine in order to bring harm to your child.
3. Report bullying
When new kids come to school, they are often the victims of bullying. Children can be cruel to other children. Teach your children to be accepting and kind to all the children in their class. Just as important, teach your children to come to you or involve a teacher when someone is harassing them. Every child has the right to learn in a positive environment.
4. Arm your child with knowledge
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to keeping safe. Make sure your child knows your home address by heart, as well as important phone numbers. You should also be sure your child knows how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation.
5. Be involved
We all lead busy lives but active parenting will help keep your child safer. Before school starts, find out about the school’s safety procedures and make sure your child understands them. Keep an open line of communication with your child so he feels comfortable coming to you. Use this as an opportunity to discuss safety in certain scenarios so your child feels confident when he walks through the doors to a brand new school year.