For modern parents, the issue of child safety is one of the most important and fundamental. We begin to teach children the basics of safety almost from birth, explaining what is possible and what is not. Older children we talk in detail about why you can not talk with strangers and how to cross the road.
Explain to the child that if he is lost or is in a dangerous situation, he should find a mother with children nearby and turn to her for help. This is better than looking for a policeman (who may not be nearby) or going to shops and hoping that sellers or cashiers will be sensitive enough.
Come up with a code word that all members of your family can use when the situation clearly becomes unpleasant and / or threatens the safety of the child. The word can be used in different cases. If the child goes on a trip, travels alone in public transport, goes on a hike, he should know that by this word (you can send it by SMS, send it via instant messenger or just say it by voice over the phone) everything will become clear to you and you will immediately go to help him. Also, the code word can work in the opposite direction: with it, you yourself can warn the child that you think the place or the people with whom he went for a walk are unreliable. In addition, it can help when the child is in danger, not with a stranger, but with a person whom he knows and does not understand how to behave. Then he can ask this person if he knows the code word, and having received a negative answer, immediately inform his parents or relatives that he needs help.
Teach your child to shout the right words in case of danger, because children generally shout and make tantrums, so many adults may not pay attention to the fact that someone leads your child’s hand, and he resists. If a stranger does this, the child should be able to let people around know about it. Here such phrases will help: “I do not know you! Let go! ”,“ Where are my parents? Where is my mom? Help! “,” Who are you? Help!”.
When someone bothers a child, persuades to go somewhere or simply drags his hand, for security reasons, he can behave as destructively as you like: in such cases it is allowed to shout, throw objects, fall to the floor or to the ground, attracting the attention of passers-by / eyewitnesses to the situation. Explain that this behavior is acceptable even if the child is not stuck with a stranger, but someone from family friends or even relatives: children should understand that there are situations in which close people can be dangerous.
Explain to the child that he should not have secrets with adults (including family and friends) regarding his body. No one has the right to discuss intimate parts of the body with him, say that there is nothing wrong with that, and demand that this fact be kept secret. Say that you are always on his side, and there are no shameful or secret topics for you – you can know everything that causes physical or psychological discomfort to your child.
Do not use tags, tags, or labels with boxes to enter personal information for school bags, shift bags, or school bags. When a child loses these things, it will be easier for a stranger to rub his trust in him if he knows the name or address of the school. It is much better if the child will responsibly monitor their things, and keep all their contact details in mind.
If the child feels that he is being chased by a car, he should turn around and go (or run) in the opposite direction of the movement of this car. This will give him time to run to a crowded place while the pursuers try to turn around.