How to keep your children safe

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Know how to keep your children safe in a variety of situations

Children are our lives. To keep them safe is a full-time job. Facing innumerable challenges when raising a child, it's helpful to know that there are a variety of resources available for the beleaguered parent. Below, are a few ideas, websites, and expert advice that will help to teach you the best practices on proper safety for your children.

Summer Practices

With summer just around the bend, it's an important time for children's security. Learning swimming techniques, proper boating practices, potential heat exhaustion symptoms, and more, can help to provide parents will the necessary knowledge to learn how to keep your children safe this summer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a kids page on their website. It's an all-encompassing look at a wide range in ages with a diverse amount of activities covered.

They offer links to water practices, like swimming safely. When you click on the link, you'll be taken to a new page which will show the reader tips for young kids, as well as interesting information for all ages. As it's a disease prevention site, a main focus will be on preventing the spread of illnesses and knowing the best ways to do just that.

Following the water theme, the site provides information on boat safety, how to prevent drownings, and keeping cool in the heat. Important (and potentially life-saving) information can be found within these pages. For instance, on the drowning information page, it says that ten people die from unintentional drowning each day. And of these ten, two are young kids, aged 14 and below.

To understand better ways in which to protect your kids can mean all the difference in the world. The CDC even offers information on preventing concussions, playground safety, healthy living, cyberbullying, preventing teen dating violence, and more.

Child Abduction

Jean Bailey Robor, an award-winning writer and inspirational speaker, offers various insights into protecting one's kids from dangerous predators. In her article, she covers a variety of security issues for kids and offers some startling statistics involving molestation and kidnapping.

To understand how to better prepare your child for dealing with potentially bad situations, Robor provides three main facets to live by:
  • Never get in a vehicle/car with a stranger
  • Never talk to strangers
  • If something doesn't seem right, always run from a stranger and call attention to the situation
Robor also writes about school security, what to do with strangers in a vehicle, buddy systems (and how they can help keep a child protected), Internet practices, and more.

She offers a detailed account, as well, of what different age ranges should know and understand, in terms of their own security. As they move up in age -- from the 3-4 year age range up to the 5-6 age range, a parent or teacher can move toward explaining more complex situations to be aware of. Robor's article covers ages from 3 up to 12 years old.

In addition, the writer provides insight into self-defense practices for kids and then follows with a startling account of molestation statistics, helping to reinforce just how important it really is to impart upon your child the right way to go about dealing with potential issues.

Thus, there's a lot of information to know as a parent. Fortunately, there are sites, experts, and more, that can offer a wide range of helpful tips and techniques in order to help you learn the best ways on how to keep your children safe.

Not only in the summer, but for many years to come, as well. Hopefully, the ideas you pass along to your kids can go down the generations and provide a secure and healthy existence for many years to come.

Resources: Keep Kids Safe and Healthy This Summer. Child Abduction: How to Keep Your Child Safe.

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