Trying to do it all while showing you how, Must Have Mom's blog is full of know-how from this writer's life as a mother of four. Today, she's sharing advice on safety for children for the back to school season. Here's how you can get safety on your kid's school supply list:
With all the hustle and bustle surrounding back to school shopping it is easy to forget things. Usually you have a supply list that the teacher has furnished for you to purchase the necessary supplies for your child and you can work off that, adding in the necessary backpacks, lunch pails and school clothes, but there is one thing that I would bet isn't on your list and should be! This year as you shop for school supplies it is equally important to talk about child safety and ensure your child knows what to do in a situation where their safety is at risk. Can you spot what safety supply is missing from the photo above?
The SABRE Personal Alarm is missing from the photo above. By attaching the Personal Alarm to your child's backpack you arm them with the power to call attention to themselves if someone should attack them or approach them and cause them to be afraid. This is invaluable for kids waiting at the bus stop, waiting to be picked up after sports or walking to school alone. The slim design is sleek and inconspicuous, appearing as a USB drive rather than an alarm. It will also aid them in the event a bully attacks them. They can simply pull the plastic housing from the key ring and the alarm will sound and call attention to them and the bully, helping to stop the situation. Many times a loud noise is enough to deter someone from proceeding with an attack.
This year before the first day of school be sure to cover the following child safety topics that your child may encounter at back to school time:
- Never go with a stranger: Teach them that any stranger can be dangerous and they should always trust their instincts. If they aren't comfortable with the situation they need to find a teacher or another adult they can ask for help. Go one step further and develop a secret family password. Teach your child that anyone that tells them they need to come with them (e.g., "Your mom has been hurt and you need to come with me") should know the password and if they don't then the child is not to go with them and should instead find a trusted adult right away. This eliminates strangers who prey on kids and attempt to abduct them by gaining their trust. If they are telling the truth they will know the password!
- If anyone is teasing, physically hurting them or verbally abusive to them they need to tell you and the teacher immediately. Teach them about bullying and be sure to handle it promptly. Alert the teacher and principal if you suspect your child is being bullied. It's important to deal with it as soon as possible before it progresses further.
- Teach bus stop safety: Talk about staying a safe distance from the road, waiting to cross the road or board the bus until the stop sign is fully extended, never playing near the street, and if a stranger approaches to stay back and if they are afraid pull the SABRE Personal Alarm and run. Never enter a stranger's car or go with a stranger.
- Teach your child to confide in you. Teach them that they will never be in trouble for disclosing a situation where they felt unsafe. It's important that children know that if they are being abused it's okay to tell and they won't be in trouble for it. Many pedophiles use trust and threats to silence children. Kids are so afraid to disclose what is happening because they feel that they will get in trouble or their family will be harmed. Teach them that it is always important to tell you if something is happening to them, even if it seems small.
- Teach your child that their SABRE Personal Alarm is not a toy and should only be used in an emergency situation where they feel their safety is at risk. It shouldn't be played with or shown to friends. Their personal alarm may be their lifeline one day!
Are you ready for back to school? Do you have ALL of your school supplies ready to go?
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