Raising A Street Smart Kid

Even if you have lived in a community for as long as you can remember, it is never safe to assume that it is safe and secure, particularly when it comes to kids. Accidents happen all the time, so take extra precaution and do not let it happen to your child. A little common sense and direction can go a long way towards keeping your kids safe and keeping you as a parent a little more at ease.

Kids need to be taught the basics on how to be street smart and teaching them things such as when it is safe to cross the street and how to handle distress will help them to learn. They need to know how not to put themselves in danger. They need to recognize potential danger ahead of time and in order to do this they need to have the sense and street smarts to recognize it.

Here are some of the strategies on how to raise a street smart kid:

The Basics:

1. Make sure that your child memorizes basic security information, such as your home address, contact numbers, police hotlines and 911.

2. Make it a habit to know your child’s whereabouts; where he goes, how much time he spends there and who his friends are as well as their parents. Train him to tell you where he is going and whom is he going to be with every time he leaves the house.

3. Make sure that he always goes somewhere with a friend.

4. Avoid hanging around deserted areas such as parking lots, schoolyards, woods or parks.

5. Teach your child not to walk on unfamiliar streets alone.

6. Even before you allow your child to go out the house, familiarize him with road signs particularly of the traffic signs (i.e. walk and don’t walk signs on streets)

Dealing With Strangers:

1. Don’t talk to strangers. Never trust a stranger. Make sure that your child understands the danger of going with someone they don’t know.

2. Teach your child not to take rides with people he doesn’t know

3. In case of distress, tell your child to scream for help if necessary.

4. In case of attacks, train your child to drop everything he carries and run while    calling out for help.

In this light, knowing your neighbors is crucial to your child’s safety and security. A community that knows one another is generally a place that is safe for children to live.

When Shopping:

1. Train your child, particularly those under 10 years old, to remain close to you.

2. Make arrangements in case of separation; agree on a place to meet.

3. Train your child to ask for help only from store employees or security guards.

4. Some parents will place a slip of paper with contact numbers and home address information inside a child’s pocket just in case the child wanders off and gets lost.

When it comes to safety, you must emphasize to your child the importance of trusting one’s instincts. It is part of human nature to be protective of one’s self. If a child feels threatened or in danger, makes sure that he knows how to handle the situation. Parents can only do so much in child-proofing the community. What they can do work on raising a street smart kid.

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Raising A Street Smart Kid

Even if you have lived in a community for as long as you can remember, it is never safe to assume that it is safe and secure, particularly when it comes to kids. Accidents happen all the time, so take extra precaution and do not let it happen to your child. A little common sense and direction can go a long way towards keeping your kids safe and keeping you as a parent a little more at ease.

Kids need to be taught the basics on how to be street smart and teaching them things such as when it is safe to cross the street and how to handle distress will help them to learn. They need to know how not to put themselves in danger. They need to recognize potential danger ahead of time and in order to do this they need to have the sense and street smarts to recognize it.

Here are some of the strategies on how to raise a street smart kid:

The Basics:

1. Make sure that your child memorizes basic security information, such as your home address, contact numbers, police hotlines and 911.

2. Make it a habit to know your child’s whereabouts; where he goes, how much time he spends there and who his friends are as well as their parents. Train him to tell you where he is going and whom is he going to be with every time he leaves the house.

3. Make sure that he always goes somewhere with a friend.

4. Avoid hanging around deserted areas such as parking lots, schoolyards, woods or parks.

5. Teach your child not to walk on unfamiliar streets alone.

6. Even before you allow your child to go out the house, familiarize him with road signs particularly of the traffic signs (i.e. walk and don’t walk signs on streets)

Dealing With Strangers:

1. Don’t talk to strangers. Never trust a stranger. Make sure that your child understands the danger of going with someone they don’t know.

2. Teach your child not to take rides with people he doesn’t know

3. In case of distress, tell your child to scream for help if necessary.

4. In case of attacks, train your child to drop everything he carries and run while    calling out for help.

In this light, knowing your neighbors is crucial to your child’s safety and security. A community that knows one another is generally a place that is safe for children to live.

When Shopping:

1. Train your child, particularly those under 10 years old, to remain close to you.

2. Make arrangements in case of separation; agree on a place to meet.

3. Train your child to ask for help only from store employees or security guards.

4. Some parents will place a slip of paper with contact numbers and home address information inside a child’s pocket just in case the child wanders off and gets lost.

When it comes to safety, you must emphasize to your child the importance of trusting one’s instincts. It is part of human nature to be protective of one’s self. If a child feels threatened or in danger, makes sure that he knows how to handle the situation. Parents can only do so much in child-proofing the community. What they can do work on raising a street smart kid.

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