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Here are a few tips that can ensure well-rounded safety for children.

Gunjan Dhanuka | Updated :

Safety is perquisite to every human being, free from cast, colour or even creed. We come to this earth to find our own purpose and create some impact on the frame of things but more often than not, we need that framework of safety to ensure a smoother process of existence. Even the most minuscule mistake on that part holds the potentiality to cut our journey short. This is even more applicable to children, who carry the cradle of the future. And yet, the presence of safety is the most questionable. It’s extremely painful to see that the world today has taken a precarious turn as malicious intentions keep on disrupting the innocent childhood of the children. Bringing them up in this modern-day society comes with its own set of perils as we are leaving them susceptible to various harmful situations. Be it at home or school, it seems that our children are not safe anywhere. A child’s safety in all environment has been relegated to a point of major concern for the parents nowadays. Here’s how parents can ensure well rounded safety.

Monitor what they view on the internet

Digital literacy has seeped into the minds of young as they are becoming more tech savvy with time. Children can now access the internet for learning and connecting to peers, within the click of a button. Yet this vast web also stands witness to a bucket load of perversity that young ones should be kept away from. Also, these modern age networking sites are teeming with paedophiles who pose to be a threat to safety. Judicious monitoring would provide the parents with a view into what their wards are consuming, while on their personal devices. Although it is common amongst us in wanting to keep our young ones safe, the first step to create a safer environment is to encourage awareness. Sexual abuse amongst children is escalating on a steady basis, which can be curbed by teaching the difference between a “good touch” i.e. a touch that is safe and filled with warmth and a “bad touch” i.e. a touch that is laced in bad connotations. This in turn would give rise to children who are capable enough to take safety into their own hands. Teach children the difference between good touch and bad touch.

Leverage the power of technology

Technology has permeated into how we go about our daily lives, simplifying our actions to the results. While the presence of technology in safety measures is nothing new, the ways and avenues have evolved from the basic incorporation of CCTVs. Parents can use novelties such technology enabled smart band that would keep them updated about the child’s whereabouts and even alert them if something goes amiss.

Let the child know its Ok to yell, scream, and say no to an adult if they feel uncomfortable or scared

It is through our innate groomed nature that we teach our children to behave in front of adults and not to be disruptive.Yet, there are times they should disobey and be loud, in order to prevent a mishap from taking place. It’s a good idea to teach children on the importance of raising a voice and to learn saying these 4 words “No go yell tell”. Give them a scenario and have them practice say no firmly and loudly, screaming, and running away. This would come of greater good in the longer run, leading to a rise of conscientiousness amongst young souls.

Teach children the difference between good touch and bad touch

Although it is common amongst us in wanting to keep our young ones safe, the first step to create a safer environment is to encourage awareness. Sexual abuse amongst children is escalating on a steady basis, which can be curbed by teaching the difference between a “good touch” i.e. a touch that is safe and filled with warmth and a “bad touch” i.e. a touch that is laced in bad connotations. This in turn would give rise to children who are capable enough to take safety into their own hands.

Maintain an open channel of communication

The key to all the above precautions is to first maintain an open channel of communication. Often, with a sense of generation gap come differences in thoughts and perceptions, leading to a gap being created. This gap can be bridged through an open channel of communication where the child should be encouraged to talk about anything. Children of approachable parents understand the importance of communication in safety and uphold it to the strictest levels. Keeping the above tips in mind, one can progress with ensure complete safety for their children. After all, they are the flag bearers of tomorrow and require being cherished and nurtured to unearth their potential.

(Co-Founder and Director, Safe ‘O’ Buddy)