Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. We may not be able to protect our children every second of every day, but we can put preventative measures into place that will help. Educating our children on safety issues from an early age is the most effective way to safeguard them. They will have grown up following safe guidelines, will have experience in making good choices and will know they can come to you if something happens.
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Begin by completing a child identification kit for each child that can be obtained from local police departments or online. Oftentimes parents are overcome with emotion and having a child ID kit makes it easy to get valuable information to the police quickly. These kits typically include a recent photo, a fingerprint chart, a DNA sample and other identifying components. To be most helpful, ID kits should be updated every six months until the child becomes older, then just the photo needs to be updated.
As they grow, your children will be on their own more often, so teaching them how to be safe and what to do in emergencies from an early age is one of the most important things you can do for them. Children should know:
• Their personal information, including a backup person to call
• Not to go anywhere alone or take shortcuts
• Keep a safe distance from those they don’t know
• Never approach an unknown vehicle
• Yell and run to a safe place if in trouble
• Tell a trusted adult about anything out of the ordinary or suspicious
Teaching your kids important safety rules and having ID kits up to date can help ease your anxiety. By being diligent, enforcing safety rules and teaching them self-defense, your children will grow up knowing how to be safe and what to do in emergencies. These are the preventative measures you can implement, and you will feel better knowing that you’ve given your children the skills necessary to stay safe even when you aren’t around. For more information on creating ID kits for your children, visit plasticard.net.
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Spring 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.