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5 Safety Skills to Teach Your Child Today

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DON'T BECOME A STATISTIC 5 SAFETY SKILLS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD TODAY

I live in my own little happy world.

Maybe I should say I live in a bubble.

I rarely watch the news. Unless the information shows up on my Facebook Newsfeed, I miss it. In a way this is good because a lot of news stories are heartbreaking. We live in a cruel broken world. But I don’t want my children to suffer harm because I never thought anything would happen to us.

While I don’t want to expose my children to the ugliness of the world, it is my job as their Mama to keep them safe. Helicopter may be my middle name. Just kidding. I won’t always be around. My kids need to know what to do in case of an emergency. I need to be pro-active in teaching them the safety basics.

5 Safety Skills Every Child Should be Taught

1. How to call 9-1-1.

  • They need to know their name.
  • How old they are.
  • Their address.
  • Their telephone number incase they get disconnected
  • And be able to tell the operator what the emergency is.

I was recently introduced to a FREE app that helps reinforce these new skills and simulates a 9-1-1 call. My kids really think there is a person talking to them. When they open the app and use that feature, I jump a mile high thinking they really did call 9-1-1. You can find the DialSafe Pro – Little Bit Studio, LLC. app in the App Store for iPhone. Or the iPad DialSafe Pro – Little Bit Studio, LLC. app.

2. Where they can find a “safe place” if they find themselves in danger.

  • a neighbor’s house {that you know}
  • restaurant
  • store

3. The difference between a bad stranger and a good stranger.

  • adults should NEVER ask children for help, for directions, or to find a lost pet.
  • good adults can be moms with young children, sales clerks, police officers

4. If a stranger is trying to take your child without their consent:

  • they need to scream, “NO! I’M NOT GOING. YOU ARE NOT MY FATHER {MOTHER}.”
  • run to the nearest safe zone
  • tell a safe person what happened

5. No one, not even someone they know, has the right to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable {yucky}.

  • They have a right to say “no.”
  • Emphasize that it’s not their fault so it’s okay to tell.

There are so many other safety skills that we need to be teaching our children. These are simply a starting point. If you’re scared or unsure what to teach, please find a local child safety organization and register your child today.

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Emily

Monday 14th of December 2015

These are great pointers. Just wondering, why did you choose a restaurant or store as your safe places?

Carissa

Monday 13th of October 2014

Great tips. If you ever get the chance to attend a seminar given by the National Missing & Exploited Children folks GO. Best thing I ever did. It will scare the crap out of you and THEN empower you to empower your children to NOT become one of the horrifying statistics they shared.

Especially the part about every stranger isn't bad. They may need to get help from someone they don't know at some point! :)

Kate+K

Friday 10th of October 2014

These are some great tips! I have made sure from a very young age that my girls knew my cell number and our address. It has come in handy numerous times!

The tip about "You are not my mother" was something our safety officer at my kids' elementary school taught. I would have never thought to tell my kids that otherwise. It's not uncommon to hear a child yell "NO" so you tend to tune it out when you are a parent, but if a child was yelling "NO You are not my mother!" you would take a closer look at the situation, for sure.

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang

Thursday 24th of July 2014

This has great information!

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