There is something about being young that sometimes makes you feel invincible. I remember when I was in college and my fiance at the time (now husband) would worry about me if I was out late or alone at certain times. I was always thinking he was just being overprotective but in reality there were dangers everywhere. We don’t want to live in fear but we do want to be aware of our surroundings and always be on alert.
I have a teenager that will be entering college in a few years and as a mom I KNOW first hand about worrying about our children. Their safety is SO important!! Adults get that, they have been around long enough to know we have to take our safety seriously.
We want to teach our children safety tips at a young age so when they leave us they will know to be alert and take precautions to stay safe.
10 Tips To Teach Your Teenagers about Safety
Stay in good lighting when walking or running – Dark places leave us more prone to attacks!
Always have your keys ready while heading to your car – (they can also be used for defense if need be) Have a panic button on your keychain!
Be alert of your surroundings at all time – it gives you a little more control if disaster happens
When you get in your car, lock doors right away – (this is a time where you can easily be taken)
Keep a light on when your going to be coming home after dark. – A porch light, night light, or even small lamp
Go places with a friend – (you are always safer in numbers) never leave alone when you are impaired or in unfamiliar territory
Guard your drink – (even water and soft drinks) Don’t take those from others, always get your own drink and don’t leave it alone. If you don’t, it leaves you open to being drugged.
Have a Home Security Alarm – they can give your home protection while your away and home!
Know escape routes and hiding places – You never know when you need to get out quickly. Go over exit strategies with your children in case of fire or other natural disaster.
Hang out with good people – This may sound like a given but encourage your children (and start young) about the kinds of friends they want to hang out with. Teach them about looking for friends they can trust!
You want to encourage your teens to live life to the fullest and not in fear but you also want them to be wise and most of all to be SAFE!!