As the new school year kicks off, it brings with it much preparation, new uniforms, stationary and sports gear,etc.
It is important you take time to prepare your child on how to stay safe when heading to and from school?
It’s important to share safety tips with your children and to encourage them to use them every day.
Here are a few tips worth sharing with children to ensure they stay safe:
1. Always walk to or from school with a friend or friends. Stick to streets you know and never take short cuts through quiet areas or empty parking lots.
2. If you get picked up at school, never leave the school premises but always wait inside the school-grounds for your lift to arrive.
3. Never get into a stranger’s car; even if the stranger claims that someone you love is hurt and that they are supposed to pick you up. Remember that your parents would never send someone you don’t know to fetch you.
4.If a stranger approaches you, don’t talk to them no matter how friendly they may seem. If someone tries to grab you, fight, kick and scream that the person is not your parent.
For some families, a tight budget may mean that a domestic helper is not an option. In some cases children have to keep themselves occupied until their parents return home in the evening.
It is important that children know how the alarm system and panic buttons work and when and how to use them.
Also make a list of important telephone numbers, such as the emergency services and mother and father’s work and cell phone numbers. Stick it on or near the telephone and explain when these should be used.
Emphasise how important it is not to let anyone into the house without your permission. If you are going to be late let your children know as soon as possible and give them an idea of when they can expect you to be home. If the children are young, make sure that they understand that certain items in the house are dangerous and are off limits such as the stove, kettle, heaters, candles and so on.