Safety Rules for Children
Most children are active, they are going to fall, slip and tumble. But there are precautions that adults can do to ensure that children avoid the more serious injuries. Good communication is the key to safety for children. Adults must talk to children to ensure they understand the importance of these safety rules.
- Teach children their names, the name of their parents, home address and telephone numbers. Even when children are small, it is important to teach basic contact details like their parents’ names and contact numbers. Children should be able to share a home contact number with someone in case of an emergency. Also, knowing where home is and any nearby landmark is also important. Help children memorise these with regular practice at home.
- Do not eat anything given by a stranger. Teach children 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, children should not eat it. Instruct children to politely decline in case someone is offering food without a parent’s consent.
- Do not walk off the yard alone. Children should know that it is not permissible to walk out of the yard alone.
- Playing or experimenting with fire is not allowed. Whether or not you are at home, your children should know that it is prohibitive to play with fire. Keep matches away from children, locked away in areas that the children cannot have access to.
- Never go anywhere with a stranger. Ensure children understand that no matter what the reasoning, it is not safe to go anywhere with a stranger. Tell your children that if a stranger tells them something like ‘Your mom asked you to come with me immediately,’ they should stay where they are and shout out for help.
- Teach children that no one is allowed to touch their bodies. This is a very important safety rule and you should implement it as soon as children can understand the basics. Teach about good touch and bad touch. If anyone has touched your child, the child should immediately shout for help and alert people around.