Safety for Children

One of the most important things parents or guardians can do is to teach a child how to keep safe. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust campaigns to increase public safety, and in the following article, the Trust outlines basic safety rules you should teach your children.

One of the most important things parents or guardians can do is to teach a child how to keep safe. Every parent worries about their children’s safety but it’s important to remember that most dangers can be minimised with proper awareness and suitable guidelines. It is especially important that children learn about personal safety.

Awareness needn't make children anxious

A lot of people believe that teaching young children about personal safety will frighten them. We believe this is wrong – there is no need to frighten children whilst simply teaching them to take the safest action in any situation. On the contrary, you will give the child the extra confidence of learning someone new and valuable to them.

The next time you are out with your children try asking them “What if…?” questions, such as “What should you do if you got lost?”; “What should you do if mummy doesn’t arrive to collect you from school?” and then talk through the answers together.

Tips for teaching safety awareness to children

The following ‘tips’ will give you a framework on which to base your advice as the child gets older. 

As they get older, teach them to plan ahead – this advice is not just for youngsters but should be carried out by any responsible adult! Before going out, teach them to ask themselves: Where am I going? How am I getting there – and back? Am I prepared for any changes of plan? Do people know where I’m going and when I’ll be back?

There is no doubt that it can be a dangerous world but we must keep the dangers in proportion. Nobody wants their children to be so wrapped in cotton wool that they cannot live life to the full. Life is for living and one of the best gifts you can give a child is the knowledge and confidence to make safe and responsible decisions.

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