School is out and the kids have their whole time to themselves. This of course means that they will be spending more unsupervised time alone at home, and in some cases with the house help while parents are away. It is important for parents to reiterate these basic safety rules to their kids in an age-appropriate language in order to be safe throughout the holiday season.
Rule #1 – Teach them to Know Your Name, Number and Address:
Your kid may be small but it is important to teach basic contact details like his/her mum’s and dad’s name and contact number. Your kid should be able to share your contact number with someone in case of an emergency. Also, knowing where home is and any nearby landmark is also important.
Rule #2 Do Not Talk to or Go Anywhere with Strangers:
Teach your kids not to talk to strangers. Your kid should know that no matter what the reason is, it is not safe to go anywhere with a stranger. Tell your kid that if a stranger tells them something like ‘Your mum asked you to come with me immediately,’ they should stay where they are and shout out for help.
Rule #3 Do Not Eat Anything Given By A Stranger:
You need to teach your kid about the dangers of eating food that is given by a stranger. No matter how tempting the treat is, if it comes from a stranger, your kid should not eat it. Teach your kid that it is dangerous to accept food from anyone. Ask them to politely refuse in case someone is offering food without your consent or in your absence.
4. Rule #4 Do Not Walk Out of the Compound Alone:
Similar to the point above, your kid should know that it is not permissible to walk out of your compound alone. If your kid needs to go out for anything, you or some known adult should be accompanying your kid at all times.
5. Rule #5 Do Not Play With Fire:
Whether or not you are at home, your kid should know that it is absolutely not allowed to play with fire. Only if you are around and have given your permission can your kid be near fire. Make sure all fire outlets are safely out of your kid’s reach
6. Rule #6 No One Is Allowed To Touch Your Private Part
This is a very important safety rule for kids and you should teach about it as soon as your kid can understand the basics. Teach about good touch and bad touch. Tell your kid that no one is allowed to touch your private part except mommy, and sometimes papa, if needed. If anyone else has touched your kid, your kid should immediately shout for help and alert people around.
7 Rule #7 Never Leave Children Alone Near Water
Never leave a child unattended near water, even for just a few seconds. If the phone or doorbell rings while your baby or young child is in the bathtub, pick him up, wrap him in a towel and take him with you. Do not leave him alone: It takes only a few seconds for drowning to occur.
8 Rule #8 Keep Cleaning Materials, Drugs and Other Chemicals Away from Children
Keep these products in their original container; do not store them in a container where they might be mistaken for food. From detergent to deodorant, many household products are potentially poisonous to kids if swallowed. Store all medicines in a locked cabinet, away from a child’s reach
9 Rule #9 Cover Electrical Outlets and Protect Children from Electrical Wires
Electrical shock causes deaths and injuries each year. An electrical shock occurs whenever a child touches an electrically charged object, while touching another surface that can conduct the electricity to the ground. Teach your kids not to play with or touch electrical wires and socket
10 Rule #10 If you Get Lost
In the event that your kid gets lost, tell them it is important they stay right where they are. If they see any other mum with kids nearby, they can ask her for help. Your kid should stay inside the place and not go out, even with the other mum. Most common places where kids get lost are the super markets
11 Rule #11 Don’t keep Secrets from your Parents
No one should tell your child to keep a secret from his/her parents especially when it involves their body.