As a parent, you will always be worried about your kids. It’s natural, it’s expected, it’s in your nature. Even when they become young adults and reach sixteen, eighteen or twenty-one, you’ll still worry. Did they get home safe? Are they doing okay financially? Of course, when they’re younger, your main worry is for their physical safety which is to be expected because, at this age, they can’t look after themselves. They might not always recognise the dangers around them, and there are a lot of dangers. Particularly when kids go outside the haven of the home. So, that’s what we’re going to explore today. How do you keep your kids safe out in the open world?
A Tighter Leash?
Not literally of course. Although, you might have noticed the steady influx of toddlers and little ones on a adorable little harnesses often attached to a backpack that looks like a fluffy monkey. It’s easy to see the appeal of this, it means that a kid can’t walk off too far and you don’t have to carry them to keep them safe. Certainly, it makes sense in busy pedestrian areas like a theme park or an airport. Though, you should probably also be teaching them to walk and take care without this type of harness. The issue with these harnesses is that it means you no longer have to tell them, ‘no.’ Instead, you can just pull them back which means when they aren’t attached to you they may not understand the dangers that are present. So, it’s important to teach them and provide verbal cues.
Although, one of the best ways to make sure you are keeping a little one safe would be to pay attention. We have a lot of tech today from smartphones to smart watches, all vying for our attention. It can distract you, and that’s dangerous particularly if you’re near a hazard like a crossing. You might think your child knows not to cross but don’t be so sure. A child could fall or slip. Of course, in some cases, an accident like this isn’t your fault at all, and you may want to get a consultation with a lawyer if an incident occurs. Particularly, if you want the person who is responsible held accountable.
That might sound crazy, but tracking has actually become a common part of everyday life. If you have an iPhone or any phone with location settings, that’s tracking you. You can’t access the filters on Snapchat without turning this on. If your teenager has an iPhone, you can log into their icloud account and find out exactly where they are. Of course, when kids are little, they probably won’t have this type of device. So, if you want to keep track, you might want to consider using a bracelet. You can get very small bracelets that just look like toys but actually contain trackers which will allow you to know where your kid is when they are in the outside world. This can be reassuring, particularly when they start to explore the neighborhood with their friends.
We hope you see now how important it is to keep your little one protected from the dangers of the outside world.