The best thing parents can do is teach their children these important safety lessons © Karen Struthers - Fotolia.com

Parents would love to keep their children safe at all times, and ensure that they’re always protected.

Sadly, parents cannot possibly control every aspect of a child’s life. The best thing they can do is teach their children these important safety lessons, particularly in a situation where the parents can’t be there with them.

Lesson 1: Start early

Start teaching your child about safety when they are very young. Teach them to stay away from hot items, to not pull cords, to stay away from potentially-dangerous chemicals, and even explain to them why you’re buckling them up inside their car seat.

Lesson 2: Teach them public safety

When they are young, teach your child to never leave your sight or the sight of someone you’ve given permission for them to be with. Tell them to get help from an authority for help if they become separated from you, and to never the vicinity of the area where they last saw you, unless in an emergency situation. As early as possible, teach them to never get into a car or agree to walk or talk with anyone you haven’t told them they can travel or communicate with. Teach them that if they feel uncomfortable or in danger, to refuse to engage with the aggressor and to walk or run away from the situation as quickly as possible, notifying the authorities, if possible.

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