Child Safety

Child safety is an active part of your personal security. I can sum it up in one word: supervision.

However, in an effort to excellently train our children in personal security, we need excellent resources.

I have found excellent, and entertaining, resources for children and for adults on child safety: a video called Stranger Safety, and a video called Internet Safety – for children. Put together by Baby Einstein creator, Julie Clark, and America’s Most Wanted Host, John Walsh, these are excellent resources to assist you in building the personal security of your child.

Internet safety for children is also an active part of your personal security. Most children have access to, and access regularly, the Internet. In fact, they are often more savvy than the next generation or two up when it comes to knowing their way around the Internet and all its bells and whistles!

Internet access is everywhere now – cell phones, restaurants, schools, libraries, homes…

While the Internet offers many wonderful advantages for children, it is also a place where perpetrators stalk our children. The lack of personal contact can lull us into a false sense of security, which can lead to an innocent disclosure of information which can in turn be used against your child and/or you.

Children are among the growing population of users on Facebook, My Space, and other social networks. These sites collect information and encourage the sharing of information. They use cute tools such as “birthday calendars” with pretty flowers and butterflies to gather information that can be shared.

Online gaming sites geared towards children allow cartoonish characters to exchange information.

How can we arm our children with tools to make decisions which protect their personal security?

Empowering children with easy to remember safety tips, they will be on their way to securing their own environments and protecting themselves. Encouraging children to become more security-minded is one of the wonderful responsibilities of being a parent!

Here are some general tips for child safety, as well as for your own personal security:

  1. Educate yourself and your children. Knowledge is power.
  2. Know your neighborhood. Subscribe to sites like our favorite, The Family Watchdog.
  3. Keep abreast of changes in child protection laws, and support those laws that protect both your child as well as your own parental rights.
  4. Discuss, rehearse, and review child safety and Internet safety tips, like those in the recommended videos, regularly (The beginning of summer and the beginning of the school year are great times to do this.)

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