1. Safety Rule #1 Know Your Name, Number and Address:
Your child may be small but it is important to teach basic contact details like your and your partner’s name and contact number. Your child should be able to share your contact number with someone in case of an emergency. Also, knowing where home is and any nearby landmark is also important. Help your child memorize these with regular practice at home. Also, help your child memorize a backup number to call, like a grandparent, uncle or aunt.
2. Safety Rule #2 Do NOT Eat Anything Given By A Stranger:
You need to teach your child 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, your child should not eat it. Teach your child that it is dangerous to accept food from anyone. Ask them to politely refuse in case someone is offering food without your consent or in your absence.
3. Safety Rule #3 Do NOT Climb the Fence:
Your child may be playing ball and suddenly it bounces off to a space inside a fence. Teach your child never to try and retrieve something by climbing through a fence. If something like this happens, your child should ask the help of a grown up, but never go near a fence.
4. Safety Rule #4 Do NOT Walk out of the Yard Alone:
Similar to the point above, your child should know that it is not permissible to walk out of your yard alone. If your child needs to go out for anything, you or some known adult should be accompanying your child at all times.
5. Safety Rule #5 Playing Or Experimenting with Fire Is NOT Allowed:
Whether or not you are at home, your child should know that it is absolutely not allowed to play with fire. Only if you are around and have given your permission can your child be near fire. Make sure all fire outlets are safely out of your child’s reach.
6. Safety Rule #6 Never Go Anywhere with A Stranger:
Your child should know that no matter what the reasoning, it is not safe to go anywhere with a stranger. Tell your child 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. Ensure that if there is an emergency, you will always send a family member, like grandparent or aunt, to be with your child and not a stranger.
7. Safety Rule #7 No One Is Allowed to Touch Your Kid’s Body:
This is a very important safety rule for child and you should teach about it as soon as your kid can understand the basics. Teach about good touch and bad touch. Tell your child that no one is allowed to touch your child except mommy, and sometimes papa, if needed. If anyone else has touched your child, your child should immediately shout for help and alert people around.
8. Safety Rule #8 If You Get Lost, Stay Where You Are:
In the event that your child gets lost, tell them it is important they stay right where they are. If they see any other mom with child nearby, they can ask her for help. Your child should stay inside the place and not go out, even with the other mom. Most common places where child get lost are the super markets. Tell your child that they can walk up to the counter of the store and tell the person they are lost.
9. Safety Rule #9 Do NOT Share Address and Phone Details With
Your child should know that it is unsafe to share personal details like phone numbers, address, email ids or pictures with strangers. Any information that is shared should only be with your consent or in your presence.
10. Safety Rule #10 If I Am Uncomfortable I Will Not Do It:
No matter what your child may be asked to do, if it makes your child uncomfortable, your child should NOT do it. This could be something as simple as taking off clothes in front of others and diving in a home pool. If your child is not comfortable about it, no matter how many friends are doing it, your child should not do it at all.