Modern kids love playing indoors. They like socialising with their friends online, playing console games and watching videos on YT or Snapchat, which is great because when they are at home you can see them and you know they are safe from physical harm.
Sometimes the temptation to keep them safe and sound at home is overwhelming. However, every parent knows that he or she cannot give in and do that. If they do so, their children will not grow into healthy, strong and confident adults.
At some point, they have to become independent and start to enjoy time away from home, with their friends, or on their own. It is all part of growing up, so today we are going to look at ways to make your children as street smart as possible.
Whether your kids are walking, riding a bike, or driving as teenagers they need to be aware of the fact that traffic is a potential hazard. Teaching your children the basics such as being aware of vehicles turning in and out of driveways, and finding a safe place to cross is extremely important.
As they get older and start to learn to ride a bike explaining what the street signs mean, and what the rules of the road are becomes especially important. These skills will also stand them in good stead when it is time for them to get behind the wheel, when they are a bit older.
Knowing what to do in an emergency
You need to teach your children what to do in an emergency, when you are not there to help. As soon as a child can speak, teaching them how to dial the emergency services is important. There have been numerous cases of toddlers ringing 911, and saving friends and family. How to deal with an emergency is an important lesson that can be taught at an early stage.
How to deal with getting lost
Inevitably, at some stage your child will get lost. They may get separated from their friends, or take a wrong turn. When that happens it is easy for them to get frightened, which makes them potentially more vulnerable. Teaching them what to do in that situation will help them to find their way again, and avoid trouble. This article contains excellent advice that you can use to teach your children this important lesson.
Dealing with strangers
It is hard to teach your children to be wary of anyone that they do not know well, but it is extremely important to do so. Teaching your child to always say no if someone that they do not know asks them to go somewhere with them could one day save their lives.
Make sure that your children know never to approach a vehicle they do not know well. Teach them that if an adult needs help, it is not normal for them to stop and ask a child. That person should be looking for an adult to help them, so this behaviour should be seen as suspicious, and your child should not talk to them.