As the weather improves, and kids want to spend more time outside, it is important to talk with them about being safe outside. Here are some ways to help your family improve safety.
Explore your neighborhood.
Familiarize your child with local places you frequent. Visit local places like markets, doctor’s office, gas stations, post offices, libraries, and churches with your child. Trace the route between your home and your child’s school. Show your child on a map where he/she lives and help him/her become familiar with the street names in your neighborhood. Help your child to be aware of his/her surroundings. Teach your child to notice things. Have your child describe different rooms in the house. Teach him/her descriptive terms in order to talk in depth about what he/she observes.
Improve your child’s memory.
Go for a walk on your street and have your child recall different things that were seen. Teach your child to remember what he/she has seen by practicing with familiar objects around the house. Use songs or past events as part of your memory training activities. If children are solidly familiar with their neighborhood, surrounding streets, and home information (address, phone number), the risks of becoming lost or other troubling situations are greatly reduced.
Improve your child’s ability to listen.
Talk about pictures in a book. Name objects or people in the pictures. Have your child recount them to you. Teach your child to follow oral directions.
Improve safety around the house.
There are many precautions that can be taken in the home to ensure your child’s safety:
- Make sure screen windows are in good repair.
- Check yard for hazards such as broken glass.
- Keep matches, lighters, candles, and other tempting fire hazards locked up and out of reach of your child.
- Keep flammable liquids outdoors.
- Have a first aid kit in a convenient location.
- Check your child’s play area for poisonous plants.
- Do not let your child eat any plants.
By exploring your neighborhood, improving your child’s memory and ability to listen, and tightening safety around the house, you can create a safer environment for your entire family.
Mr. Kerry R. Keener, Ed.S