Before you give your child autonomy, you need to take care of his or her safety.
Today we will tell you how to teach your child how to behave properly with strangers. You can show these illustrations to your child and discuss any dangerous situations with them.
Hide First and Last Names
Do not write your child’s first and last name on his luggage, do not attach name charms to a backpack, and do not sign a lunchbox or thermos. That way his name can be recognized by someone else. If a stranger refers to a child by name, he or she immediately causes him or her trust and can further manipulate the baby.
Better write your phone number on the tag – in case it gets lost.
Running in the opposite direction from cars
We teach children not to get into a car with strangers – this is correct. Let the child learn one more rule: if a car has slowed down near him or it is following him, and someone from the car wants to attract his attention, you need to quickly run away in the opposite direction to the movement of the car. This will help the child to buy time and ask for help.
Make up a password for the family
If a stranger suggests the child go to where his mom or dad is waiting for him, have the child ask him for the parents’ names and the password. Think up with your child a code phrase for an emergency in case you ask someone you know to pick up your child from day care or school. The password should be unexpected, so that it is impossible to guess: for example, “fuzzy orange.
Install tracking apps
Thanks to the GPS sensor, the app shows your child’s coordinates and the battery level of their phone.
Life360 Locator iOS | Android
GPS Phone Tracker iOS| Android
Wear a watch with a panic button
Alarm clocks can be worn as a watch, a keychain, a bracelet, or a locket. Parents through a special mobile app can keep track of their child’s location at all times, and if he or she presses the button, a signal is received by the parents or security service.
Shouting “I don’t know him!”
Tell your child that if he is grabbed by a stranger, you can and should be “bad”: bite, kick, scratch, and attract attention at all costs, even if you are very scared. One must shout loudly, “I don’t know him! He’s trying to take me away!”
Stop talking and keep your distance
The child should know that strangers can take away not only children, but also adults, so it is important to quickly leave in a safe place after 5-7 seconds after the start of the conversation. It is necessary to stand from the stranger at a distance of 2-2.5 meters; if he or she approaches, it is necessary to take a step back. Rehearse this situation together with your child, show him or her a distance of 2 meters and warn him or her that you should keep it during the conversation.
Do not enter the elevator with strangers
Teach your youngster to stand with his back to the wall while waiting for the elevator so that he can watch everyone who approaches him. And if it is a stranger or someone unfamiliar, under any pretext not to enter the elevator with him: pretend to forget something, or go to the mailbox. If someone invites you in, the best option is to politely answer that your parents only allow you to ride in the elevator alone or with your neighbors. If a stranger tries to drag you into the elevator or gag you should fight, yell and bite.
Don’t say your parents aren’t home
If no one answers the question “Who’s there?” or you can’t see anyone in the peephole, you can’t open the door even just a little bit to see who it is. You can’t say that your parents aren’t home, even if the stranger introduces himself as a friend or a utility worker. If he is very persistent and breaks into the apartment, you need to call your parents or neighbors immediately.
Do not meet Internet acquaintances
Warn your child that in today’s world, criminals can find their victims via the Internet, and not always “Misha from next door” is really the neighbor’s 10-year-old boy. A harmless correspondence can be held by a dangerous person. Explain that you can’t tell strangers, even children, your phone number, address, last name, send photos, and tell them when and where you like to go for a walk. And it is impossible to agree to a walk with a stranger .