All children, when out on the streets, are vulnerable to dangers outside the safety of the home. If you are concerned about the safety of your children, you can keep them safe by following the advice that we are going to give you below.
Protect young children
- Tell your child not to talk to people they don’t know when they are not around you.
- Make sure your child knows that they never have to go with a stranger even if they seem friendly.
- If your child is traveling alone, tell him to be close to other families on the train or bus.
- If your child has to use an elevator, tell him to only do it with friends and to get out of there if he feels uncomfortable.
- If your child gets lost, you will need to ask a police officer, another adult with children, or someone who works in a nearby store for help.
- Have your kids memorize the home address and family phone number.
While you are with your children, you must also protect them
- Use drawstring backpacks for your young child or safety bracelets.
- When you go out to visit places, always organize a meeting point for you and your child in case one of you gets lost.
- You have to make sure that you are all together (for example, when traveling by train).
- Whenever your child goes to the public bathroom, go with him.
Keeping teens safe
- Tell your child to keep the music on headphones turned off while walking alone down the street so they can hear what’s going on around them.
- Tell him to always walk in well-lit places with people, to avoid alleys or lonely, dark shortcuts.
- Your child can carry a whistle to warn strangers if something happens to him to get the attention of other people if he thinks he is in danger.
- When going by bus or train, your child should try to get off in places where there are people.
It is important that children and adolescents know where to turn if they feel in danger, and above all, they must be aware that there are dangers outside the home, and they must be protected from them.