This family safety discussion is sponsored by LifeLock. There are so many things to consider and think about to keep your family safe. When you become a parent, you begin with the process of babyproofing the house. Then as the kids get a little bigger you begin the process of kid proofing your gadgets.
Next thing you know, family safety considerations seem to multiply as the kids grow. Here are a few tips for keeping your family safe.
4 Family Safety Tips
Each of my tips contains a link within for more details on the safety subject.
Parents work hard to make sure their kids travel safely. As parents, we chose the right car seat for our child and ensure that it faces the right way. We look at car safety ratings, weight limits, height and age specifications, and safe car behavior.
Crafts is one of our favorite fun things to do with kids at my house but it is important that kids know to ask before beginning crafts. Kids should have an adult to help them with many parts of crafting that may be dangerous so they they can learn to do it safely. Craft safety, such as the use of scissors, hot glue guns, and more have to be monitored.
This was a delicate safety matter for me to broach with my kiddos. I did not want to instill fear and yet I did want to share tips to keep kids safe from kidnapping. When they were very small, I told them that they needed to stay close by me because if they got too far away, someone else might find them and bring them home. As they got older, I explained that even though most people are good, there are some that are not good and that would take them against their will. I tell them to always stay where I can see them and to trust their gut. I tell them not to go to strangers and NEVER to get in a stranger’s car for any reason. That is just the beginning of our conversation. I take this very seriously because when I was 9, a man tried to grab me just a few blocks from my house.
This is an area that I am not yet an expert on since my kids are still too young to do social networking. My niece is giving me a sneak preview though! It is important to monitor their social media activities and take a look at the pictures they are posting. It is also important to monitor your own internet activities because you don’t want to give out too much information online. Identify theft is a very real concern so much so that companies exist life LifeLock to protect your good name from identity theft and credit fraud. Here is a short LifeLock video on the topic of internet safety:
On this note, it is a good idea to get a RFID blocking wallet to protect your credit card number from people with electronic card readers!
More Safety Concerns:
More safety concerns such as healthy eating, technology limitations, teen health concerns, and teen driving safety come up as we go. The most important thing is just to take the time to talk about safety to your kids and keep the doors open for communication.