It’s a scary world out there, according to the media, at least. However, I think we would all agree that our children are never safer than when they are with their parents, at home. But are they?
Kids can be ever so inquisitive, but they also have an inability to spot - or even understand - common dangers. And, given the amount of youngsters that end up in an emergency ward after an accident at home, you can see it’s important to take a little more care.
But what, exactly should you be doing? Here’s my take on child safety in the home - take a look at let me know what you think.
Take a look around your home the next time the kids have gone to bed, and take a mental note of all the dangers that are around. There are so many that sooner or later you will realize you need a pen and some paper to write them all down.
Power sockets, heavy TV sets, angled furniture, kettles of boiling water - the list is pretty endless. In fact, it’s fair to say that the safest place for your children is in bed, asleep!
So, make a checklist and use it often. All of us are all concerned about our child’s safety - of course we are. But the processes we have in place for baby number two are a lot less thorough than those we had for baby number one. It’s just the way it is - but having a checklist will help you keep on top of things.
Let’s start with your garden. Do you keep your garden tools locked away securely in a shed? Do you make regular checks for holes in hedges, fences, and borders? And, how easy is it for your child to take a wander around the side path and go for a walk? Let’s face it, it’s the kind of thing that they do!
And, once they are outside, how safe is your neighborhood? Perhaps you would benefit from joining - or forming - a community association. Cedar Management - an HOA company - say neighborhood associations create an attractive and safer environment.
If your kids do ever go for an unannounced walkabout, it might be reassuring to know that the area is in good shape. And, that your neighbors will be watching out for them.
The online world is a little bit like the Wild West. And, for kids, it can be an incredibly dangerous place. Not only could they be exposed to inappropriate content, but they will also be vulnerable to contact from strangers.
I’ve written about this issue in a previous blog post, so please have a read if you have worries. The internet is an awesome tool, and kids can get a lot out of it. But, you do need to be careful about how they use it.
OK, so that’s all there is from me. Yes, it can be a scary world out there, but it’s also dangerous at home. Make sure you have everything in place to ensure your child’s safety - and feel free to leave some of your own tips!