As the end of year school holiday lies waiting just around the corner, Fidelity ADT would like to urge parents to ensure they teach their children about personal safety.
Making sure your children know exactly how to look after themselves, how to avoid risky scenarios, and what to do when things go wrong, is something that simply has to be part of their education. Teach them these skills so that they know how to be safe these holidays.
Kids must know to always keep all entrances and gates closed and locked and that nobody is allowed to enter without permission from either parent. If you have a home security system installed teach them how to activate and deactivate it and how and when to use other security devices like panic buttons.
If your child must leave the safety of your home for whatever reason, make sure they tell you where they are going and when they are expected to arrive.
We recommend testing any routes with your children ahead of time to make sure they don’t inadvertently choose a road or area that is fraught with potential risks. Try and identify any ‘safe spaces’ (such as a trusted neighbor or friend) along the route where your child could call for help in case they need it.
Public spaces – such as shopping malls – are also an area for which your children should be prepared. Teach your children to memorize their name, surname, home address and contact details for one of their parents. Also make sure they know that if they do become separated from you, that they immediately look for mall security and give them the information they have memorised.
Finding fun ways to test that your children understand these safety tips and know how to look after themselves will be a productive way to prepare your children for the possible dangers they might encounter. It also means you can relax, knowing that you have equipped your children with everything they need to be able to follow good personal safety habits.