Parents’ greatest fear is when something happens bad to their children. In our society today, some of the threats that parents have to worry about are sexual predators. They are almost everywhere and your child might be their next target.
As a parent, you try to do everything you can to protect your child from harm. When they are inside your home, this is possible. But once your child steps out your front door your protection won’t be absolute. Here are the key things you have to consider in order to better protect your child.
Educate. Education is not just inside the classroom, but also at home. This is something that children need for them to protect themselves. Teach them how be respectful, polite and have good manners. Show them the basic rules when outside the house, and make them become street smart. Teach them the basics like do not talk to strangers and don’t accept candies from people they don’t know. This will greatly reduce the risk of them falling victim to sexual predators as well as other bad things. For the parents, it will give you peace of mind, knowing that your child knows how to take care of himself even without your help. You can start with small things, like teaching them to clean after themselves and giving them responsibilities inside the house.
Communicate. Constant communication with your child is very important. Sometimes you get too absorbed and tired with your work that when you get home all you want to do is relax. You want peace and quiet and sometimes tend to neglect your kids when they try to tell you something that happened to them during the day. It is essential that you listen to what your children have to say. If they are the quiet types, you may have to ask them about their day. Try your best to be updated about their life as much as possible.
Be Vigilant. Pay attention to detail and try to be vigilant. When your children tell you something that you suspect as a potential threat to their safety, take action. You can call the police and tell them about your concern. Warn your children and tell them to stay away from the possible threat. If you feel the need to accompany your child when going to school or to pick them up after, try to do so.
Check your own environment. Sometimes sexual predators don’t come directly from the outside world. They can be people in your lives or that you allow to in your lives without you completely knowing who they are. The last you want to happen is to bring someone that could be harmful to your children and to your home. It may seem a bit paranoid but you should make it habit to really check on someone especially if they are close to you children or if they spend lots of time with them. Make sure that you have all the bases covered, and remember, the safety of your child is at stake.