When parents send their children for after school programs, sometimes they may take it for granted that the child is happy and safe. But as the number of children participating in these activities has increased, it is therefore necessary to look into safety issues.
Children are vulnerable when they are outside the classes. While going or returning, they should know the safest route to take. Many kids hang out with their friends just after these classes. Find out ‘danger zones’ from your neighbors and make the children aware of these.
The child has to know how to handle emergencies. It is better to discuss
various scenarios with your child. Talk to your children and ensure they know what to do for as many situations that may arise as is possible. For example what your child should do in case the
class is suddenly cancelled. Show your the first aid kit at home and make sure your child knows who to call in an emergency. Post any important contact information in a place that is easily accessible to the child. If your child is to be alone at home (for what ever reason), discuss a few unexpected things with your child. Also take steps to protect your child when at home alone, things like smoke detectors must be installed, peep hols in the front door, security screens and saftey chains and other safety devices, perhaps even an alarm system. Talk to your child about the various safety features within your home and educate your children about how to use the safety features properly and effectively.
Whether at home or out with friends, let your child know who can be contacted at times of emergency. Ask your child to check in by phone and let you know if they do something differently to what they had told you they were going to do. Teach your children to remain in a group where ever possible. Things like going to isolated public toilets alone or going home via isolated streets must be avoided.
There is of course so much more which we need to teach our children in order to help them to remain safe, but as parents we all should be aware of the possible dangers and ensure we talk to our children about those risks and the best ways of avoiding or at least reducing those risk factors.