You can still encourage your child to stay safe without forcing her to recite safety rules until she’s blue in the face. Safety awareness can be a natural thing that you reinforce on a day-to-day basis. Press upon your child the importance of staying safe and she’ll carry on these lessons throughout her childhood.
Don't Shy Away From Tough Talks
At the preschool age, children still need to know what dangers are out in the world. Although you may want to protect them from being fearful, you’re not doing them any favors. Your child should know about the dangers of strangers and how to stay safe while walking and riding a bicycle outdoors. As you walk around the neighborhood, make the safety talks a casual thing. Quiz them on the points discussed during the walks.
This being said, don’t make your preschooler fear things that are out of his control. Stories about children snatched from their bedrooms may give him unnecessary anxiety. If your child worries about being safe at home, let him know that you’re there to protect him.
In Case of Emergency Hints
Preschool-age children need clear and simple instructions to follow. Giving the kids long lectures or talking about different safety scenarios is likely to go right over their heads. Instead, present a few simple rules to help the child stay safe in a potentially dangerous situation. As an example, if the child is lost, tell her to stay in one spot. Also, let her know she’s to find someone she trusts to ask for help. This may include a police officer, teacher or other uniformed person.
Keep Track of Mommy and Daddy
One of the best ways to increase your preschooler’s safety awareness is to let him know he should always stay near his parents. Encourage him to keep track of you whenever you go out together. Also, let him know that it’s okay to shout if he becomes separated from you.
Worst Possible Scenarios
Although talking about what to do if someone attempts to harm your child is unsavory, you don’t want to chance not having this discussion. Encourage him to speak up if someone is doing something that makes him uncomfortable. Ensure the child you’ll never be upset with him if he tells you about a person hurting him or making him nervous. You may even want to discuss who is safe and who isn’t safe.