As parents, keeping our children safe and preparing them to deal with unpleasant incidents is our duty. As children grow, they will interact with different people and we can’t always be there to look out for them. Here are some ways to equip children to face the world.
Bullies and Buddies:
Have a school buddy system; teach your child to have a buddy in school. Talk to your child’s school and daycare to allow the buddy concept, so kids can go together to the toilet etc. and not be caught alone in such places.
Bullies are everywhere and can strike unannounced. Bus children especially face a lot of bullying so talk to your child about the 3 points about bullying.
When faced with bullying, don’t talk directly to the bully or his/her parents. Escalate it to the class teacher. If the school does not do anything about it, approach the parents of the bully and have a meeting.
Safety During Celebrations:
Don’t allow any adults to play ‘holi’ with your child. Inform all your adult friends and family members that you do not want your child to be touched anywhere on the body. They can put colour on his/her cheeks only. And that too after taking the child’s consent.
Crackers can be avoided if you make up your mind! If your child has to burst crackers then ensure that s/he is wearing safe clothes and stands at a safe distance from the crackers. Never allow your child to burst crackers wearing festive clothes as they can catch fire and can be cumbersome if your child has to flee suddenly from a flame etc.
Sitting on Santa’s lap in malls and parties should be avoided. Do we know the person who is wearing the costume? How are we sure it is not a paedophile? Also, are we sure the costume the person is wearing is free of germs? When was it washed?
The same goes for annual day costumes and fancy dress celebrations if you are hiring the costume I would suggest to get it laundered before your child wears it. Also put some light cotton clothes under the costume so that the costume is not touching your child’s body. You know that many children have used it before your child, right? If possible and when you have the option then get a costume stitched for your child.
Domestic Help Safety:
Screen and Television Safety:
Safety is our right and responsibility, especially the safety of our children, so insist on it…always.
Explore the entire collection of articles: Child Safety