Im embarrassed to ask thatwhat will they think of me? This is what many parents tell us when we discuss the importance of asking safety questions of another parent/friend /adult before sending their kids to a play date, sleep over, or off to sports practice.
With Halloween approaching, parents are mindful of how to keep their kids safe on the most ghoulish of nights. As child safety experts, we’re sure a blog about safety on Halloween isn’t surprising, but we promise this wont be a long boring blog Just a short one to give you a few tips to make it a safe and fun evening for all.
Summer is drawing to a close, and we are getting our kids ready for back to school. So we asked our mom friends if they had any questions or concerns about their childrens safety. Here are a few of the top concerns: Question #1: Walking to School My child will be walking to school this year. He is in 5th grade and I want to give him safety skills without scaring him. What should I tell him?
How do you know your childs camp is SAFE? Have you asked the appropriate questions that would give you confidence in the camp? When we questioned friends and family members who were sending their kids to camp, most parents – with a slight blush and timid smile -reported that their main concerns were:
Do you assume your childs camp is safe? Every summer we send our children off to what we think will be a fun and safe camp. Why do we assume the camp we chose for our kids will be safe? Have we asked the appropriate questions that would give us confidence in the camp? Most parents report being more concerned with what activities their children will be experiencing than the camps risk assessment for safety.
Mom, are you my friend? (and we are not talking Facebook Friend here.) Those are the 5 words my son asked me. That small question made me think – how do I want to answer this? It had me pondering what other mothers thought about the idea of being their childs friend. But before I share their thoughts, let me tell you my own. “No, I am not your friend, I am your mom, is what I told my 10-year-old son. But the conversation didnt stop there – he went on to ask me if I was friends with my own parents. That one was an easy answer – “No” – and although my parents weren’t always perfect, one thing they definitely did do right is that they never tried to be my friend (at least until I became an adult).
Ever since the Penn State child abuse cover-up has been exposed, we have been getting calls and emails from many parents asking: What do I tell my child to keep them safe? How can I keep my child safe? Tell me what to do!
The Dont Talk to Strangers campaign taught generations of children to fear strangers – and dont get me wrong there are bad strangers out there – but not all strangers are bad. The fact is you cant tell what is in someones heart by the way they look on the outside.
How many times have you said to yourself, “things sure have changed since I was a kid”?
A day does not go by without story after horrible story of child abuse in the news. We dont know how you feel about it, but it seems to us its getting worse. As Child Safety Experts and Co-founders of KidSafe Foundation, our mission is “to educate adults and children to prevent child abuse.”