PR Log (Press Release) – Feb 25, 2010 – As children, humans are very unassuming and naïve to the people around them. In the comfort of their own homes there is not a need to think of self defense or anyone harming them. In the big world outside these same children oftentimes think the same is true. Unfortunately, parents now need to be aware of where their children are and what they are doing and with whom. Training and procedures need to be created and parents and children need to abide by the rules to keep safe.
Make sure your children have access to emergency phone numbers. Not only fire and police but also your work numbers as well. If you have a receptionist or a supervisor, make sure your children have phone numbers, extensions and the names. Telephone technology has advanced to the point that numbers and names can be stored in the phones. However, it is also a good idea to have hard copies available in the event of a power outage. As with work numbers, give your children access to their friend’s parents home and work numbers. Make sure you have the numbers as well.
Emphasize and explain to children the dangers of allowing strangers to approach them. Teach them to walk against traffic when they are on foot. Not only is this safer it is the law in many areas. Explain why and instruct them to run in the opposite direction if a stranger in a vehicle approaches them. Advise them to scream “fire” if they need help. More people will respond to a cry of “fire” than to a call of “help”. Instruct them to call you if they are going to be late or if they have a change in plans. And as parents, “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”. Inform your children if you will be late or have a change of plans.
Children are able to follow simple rules better than many adults. If the explanations of dangers are taught in a loving and caring way, not to scare but to inform, children will be able to understand why they need to follow the rules. Test your children periodically on the procedures and rules you have created. Make it a game to be enjoyed not a treacherous ordeal that they feel is actually a test. Get the entire family involved. Your child may some day save your life.