If a stranger offered your children a piece of candy, would they know how to respond? Stranger danger is real and you need to teach your children how to stay safe. If something happened and your child went missing, having his information gathered in a child ID system can help save precious time that the police can use searching for your child. In order to hopefully prevent anything from happening, we recommend that you teach your children these basic safety tips.
Memorize Personal Information
If your child gets lost, it is important for him to be able to share certain information that can be helpful for the police or other adult to reconnect you with your child. Even a young child can memorize his first and last name, a vital starting point in identifying a lost child.
Other important personal information that is helpful for children to learn includes parents’ names, a phone number to get ahold of a parent, and their address. Also teach your children how to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
While most strangers are very nice, it is difficult for a young, naive child to know the difference between someone who is being kind and helpful and someone who is being sneaky and dangerous. Teach specific rules, including never go anywhere with a stranger and never approach an unfamiliar car. You can also teach your child a code word so that if you are ever unable to be there for your child, a trusted adult can use the code word to help your child know it is safe.
Teach your children what to do if they get lost. It is important to review safety tips before attending large events or before going to a crowded location so that if your child does get separated from you, he knows what to do.
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