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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Safety Tip Tuesday: DIY

If you think someone else is going to teach your child how to be safe or what to do in dangerous situations, think again. Talk to your children regularly about their personal safety and healthy boundaries regarding friendships, bullies, teachers/coaches, drugs, sex, “strangers” and anything (or anyone!) they may be feeling “confused, uncomfortable or unsure” about. And be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly… so don’t over (or under) react.

There are great resources you can incorporate that will guide you and your child through these discussions. And if you are a parent who is uncomfortable or unsure of how to address these concerns, don’t be afraid. Some local police departments and nonprofits provide presentations upon request. These options are ideal for starting the conversation, but it is up to you to maintain the ongoing conversation about these ever present issues. The worst thing you could do, is to do nothing or think “it’ll never happen to my kids.”

The point is, you, the parent, must make sure your child is offered the opportunity to understand their personal safety and what it means to “be safe" (both on and offline… or in the cloud or wherever!). Always remember, communication is the key to any successful relationship… this means kids too. And trust me, your kids don’t want to get hurt just as much as you don’t want them to get hurt. #CQISTT 

Safety Tip Tuesday (#CQISTT) is a weekly post that addresses child safety, ideas, concepts and fundamental approaches that help protect children from kidnapping, abuse and exploitation. Sign-up to follow this blog and receive updates. Written by Anthony Gonzalez for Child Quest International.

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