Children play spontaneously and are always exploring different ways to play. Some do this with caution, while others continually seek out new challenges. A family is always the first line of protection for children and parents are responsible for building a safe and loving home environment. Schools and their preschool in Thane have a responsibility to protect them too, but it’s as part of their home life that necessary safety skills should be taught to their toddlers.Here are 9 basic safety tips every parent should know-
By teaching basic contact information to your children, you can greatly help them in times of an emergency. Kids should be able to share their full name, your name, their address and a nearby landmark.
Never go anywhere with a stranger
Tell your child that no matter what the circumstances are; never let themselves be led away by a stranger. Inform them that if someone says “Your mother asked me to get you and take to her immediately,” they should stay where they are and call out for help. Remind them that if there is ever an emergency, you will send a grandparent, aunt or someone your child knows and trusts, and never a stranger.
It can also be a good idea to teach your child a ‘safety word’ that only you and they know. This way, if you do need to send someone your child doesn’t know very well, you can tell them the safety word, and so your child will know it’s ok to go with that person.
Children are vulnerable to road accidents and injuries, especially if there is a lack of adult supervision. As well as never letting your kids play near roads unsupervised, you can reduce risk by teaching children:
• Look right, look left, then look right again before crossing the road, and only cross the road if holding the hand of an adult or older child
• Don’t run near the road
• Always face the traffic if walking on roads with no sidewalk
• Know the significance of traffic signs and lights
• Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
If you get lost, stay where you are
Teach your children that if they are in the supermarket and they can’t find you, they must go to the counter and ask for help. Reinforce the rule that they should not leave the shop! You could also teach them to try asking a parent with another child for help.
Respect things that are dangerous
Children should never play with dangerous things like matches, knives, medicines and any other risky things. While you can try to keep things out of reach, it’s important to teach children to respect that some things are only for adults.
Your body is yours only
Teaching your children about good touch and bad touch can help them determine when someone has behaved inappropriately with them. Explain that should anyone other than mum or dad touch their body, they should report it immediately and shout for help. Of course you will also need to be careful to teach them that there are some circumstances where it’s ok for people to touch them, such as in the doctor’s office or the school nurse if they are hurt at school. Workshops are held in preschools in Thane to educate children about this. Also, this should be an ongoing discussion with your child.
Don’t keep secrets
Kids are often told to keep something their friend or sibling did secret, but teach them that should they believe the activity was dangerous, harmful or really naughty, they should not be afraid to tell you. Offer your assurance that should they share their secrets, you will try your very best not to make judgments.
When and how to call 1098
It’s not only important for children to know how to report an incident to 1098, but also when it’s appropriate to do so. Talk about possible situations and what steps to take, and role play common accidents in and around the home to get them used to making a call.
Whether you have a pool at home or not, it’s vital you teach your children about water safety. Enrolling your child in swimming lessons is important, but so also is teaching children to stay away from pools, dams, lakes, creeks or water tanks without you, to never run by the pool, and to always swim between the flags.
Nowadays, many preschools in thane are initiating safety features for their students/toddlers. In keeping with the security measures, Rainbow Preschool provides CCTV camera access to the parents, bus tracking I.D and parent log in system with parent to track their kids. For more information you can visit http://www.rainbowpreschools.com/ or call them on 022- 61147114.