Gone were the days when kids had the freedom to play around the neighborhood without their parents worrying about their safety. The only sign they had to go home was the sun setting, and momma knew they’d be home by then. Today, dangers are everywhere. Parents must always be vigilant when it comes to the safety of their children.
Raising your kids to be streetsmart could be one of the best things you could do for them as you won’t always be around to guide and protect them. According to Pamela King, Marriage & Family Therapist, “Knowing when and how to counterattack can make the difference between rape and escape in the first few seconds of an assault.” Some undergo counseling to learn how to teach their kids how to be streetsmart.
Counseling can teach parents about how to educate their children, especially their daughters, on handling themselves in the outside world such as the mall, park, concerts, cinemas, etc. “Teach them assertiveness skills and how to speak up if someone tries to make them do something they do not want to do,” as advised Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.
Here Are Some Of The Pointers You Can Give Your Kids:
- Don’t Talk To Strangers
In this world we live in right now, everyone can be a threat. People can harm you regardless of how they look. We would usually tell our children to not talk to people who are suspicious but scratch that. “Children: DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS!”
- Don’t Play PSP Or Tablets In Public
Instruct the children to not play with their portable gaming devices when they are in public and unsupervised by their parents or guardians. Valuables can attract people who have evil motives, and they may assume the kids are not paying attention to their surroundings.
- Dress Decently And Comfortably
Teach your kids, especially the girls, on how to dress appropriately – dress according to age and the place where they’re going. If they are not going to the beach or whatnot, tell them to avoid wearing grown-up clothes like the ones showing a lot of skin.
- Enroll You Kids To A Self-Defence School
Allow your children to learn to defend and protect themselves when someone is trying to harm them. It will prepare them for any threat that may come their way. You can let the kids choose from martial arts, taekwondo, karate or any form of self-defense.
- Provide Them Numbers Of The Authorities
Provide them with a laminated card attached to their bags, wallets, or pants. Write down or print out all the numbers of people or authorities who can help them in times of trouble. You can also save them on their cellular phones if they own one.
- Assign A Meet-Up Place
When you are at the mall or park, choose a designated place where you can meet up in case one of you get lost. Instruct them never to leave the area no matter what. You can also instruct them to go to the security guard to ask for help.
Raising the kids to be street smart is the parents’ responsibility. Some get guidance from professionals who know the necessary things to do during emergencies. They can save parents the trouble of having to deal with the most horrible situation – children harmed. According to psychiatrist Judith Eve Lipton, M.D., “Parents: Don’t trust the world to guard your daughters. Teach them to think defensively, and be prepared to fight for themselves.” It’s not overreacting: It’s called parenting! Besides, it’s always better safe than sorry.