Kids Self Defense Prevention Tips
Because Knowledge is Power…
- Remind your children: Safe grownups don’t ask kids for help!
- Never leave young children unsupervised… not even for a minute.
- Replace the word “Stranger” with “Tricky Person.” It’s not what someone looks like, it’s what they say or want to do with a child do that makes them unsafe or “Tricky.”
- A Tricky Person can be someone you know well, don’t know at all, or know just a little bit… Like the mail carrier or the ice cream man. Anyone who tries to get a child to break their safety rules or hurt their body is not okay.
- Listen to your child. If they don’t want to be around a particular person, such as a babysitter, relative, or family friend, don’t force them. They may be getting a “red flag” signal that you are unaware of.
- Be mindful of settings where older children have a lot of privacy with younger children. Keep doors open, especially during play dates.
- Practice personal safety strategies with your kids: What would they do if they were lost in a store? What would they say if someone asked them for directions or assistance?
- Do not write your child’s name on the outside of personal belongings, such as a backpack or jacket.
- Older children should always use the buddy system whenever and wherever possible.
- “The Uh-oh Feeling” – Trust your instincts and tell your children is okay to trust theirs.
- Establish a straightforward family rule: No secrets allowed, especially if it involves “Private Parts” or “Uh-oh” touches. It is always okay to tell!
- Let children decide for themselves how they want to express affection. Do not force them to hug or kiss another person.
- Spend time with your kids. Children who are starved for attention are particularly vulnerable to a predator’s tricks.
- Volunteer at your child’s school or other activities. Know who the people are that are interacting with your children.
- Develop strong communication skills with your child so they will feel safe coming to you if something is bothering them.
- Teach safety concepts in a loving, easy-going manner. Scare tactics can make a child fearful and are not necessary.
Source Credit: Safely Ever After, inc.