The kids are finally back in school, and fall is just around the corner. I guess now is a good time to share some fall family safety tips. Feel free to share your tips in the comments area.
5 Fall Family Safety Tips
Ask the kids about bullies
From time to time, I ask my kids if they’ve made any enemies at school or if they have been bullied. My kids only like to tattle on each other, so I have to tell them it’s important that they tell us if they are having any problems at school. One time, my son told my wife that an older boy at school told a bunch of kids he’s going to kill them. My son said he thinks the boy was only joking, but my wife called the school just in case he was serious. Considering the many shootings at schools and other public places over the years, it’s better to be safe, than sorry.
You tell your kids not to talk to strangers, right? I do too. I also tell my kids not to go anywhere with anyone unless we tell them it’s OK to do so. And in the event someone grabs them, I tell my kids to kick, hit and scream as loudly as possible. I don’t want to scare my kids, but I do emphasize that they’ll probably never see us again if they go quietly with their abductor.
Teach your kids to look both ways before crossing the street
This is an obvious tip, but an important one. Ideally, kids should actually look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street. You’ll want the kids to check left again because cars coming from the left will usually be the ones closest to the kids when they first cross the street.
Don’t stand next to the curb
When my kids wait for the bus, they tend to stand right next to the curb. I don’t get it. The sidewalk is almost three wide, but I still have to remind my kids daily not to stand next to the curb. So far they have not rolled their eyes at me when I tell them that they might get hit by a car if they lose their balance or if they get bumped onto the street.
Bring a lock to school
If your kids goes to a school without any lockers (like my kids), then you might want to consider getting a small lock for their backpacks. My kids don’t really need a lock most of the time because they don’t usually bring anything valuable to school. However, once in a while, the kids take their 3DS or iPod to school for electronics day. I don’t think anyone will steal their devices from their backpacks when they are unattended (like during recess or lunch), but I would feel better if they could secure their backpacks with a Master Lock.
[Disclosure: I’m writing a series of Live Secure Safety Squad articles for Master Lock as part of a special dad blogger program. However, I will not be compensated for writing the posts.]