As parents, we want to wrap our kids up in bubble wrap and protect them from the world and everything around them, especially in the outdoors. However, just like yourself and generations of children who’ve grown up in this world, we have all had to experience the bumps and bruises that can come from life and navigating our way into adulthood. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t worry and teach them to be safe when they’re out and about. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe in the outdoors.
Educate Them On Safety
Firstly, educate them on safety. The general tips like don’t talk to strangers and if they get lost in a high street, for example, to go to the nearest shop and seek assistance. There are lots of little safety tips that we’ve had from our own parents or that is often just common knowledge. It’s knowledge though that needs to be taught and it’s something that most parents will teach, as well as in primary school.
So when you do go outdoors and you allow them to roam or walk off ahead of you, then give them the safety tips that they would need, should they find themselves in a dangerous situation or one that would be worrying for them to be in. It’s hard to think of them in that situation but it’s good to prepare them should it ever happen.
Have An ‘In Case Of Emergency’ Plan
Many parents will talk of their dread and horror of losing a child in a busy high street or having them go wandering off in a shopping mall. There’s nothing quite worse than when your blood runs cold. It’s a fear many of us have had not just parents alone, so it’s a relatable feeling when it happens.
If they were to lose sight of you or you lose sight of them, then it’s good to have an ‘in case of an emergency’’ plan. For example, if you go walking through a big park, then you may want to have a meeting point where your child can go if they were to wander off without you seeing them. The same goes for any other location you go out to. That way, they can always come back to a place where they recognize or feel safe.
Wear Protective Clothing
It sounds a little over the top but protective clothing can be helpful when you need to be wary of them in dimly lit places, whether that’s walking down a main road at night in the countryside, to wearing kids hats that protect them whilst walking through mountain area or cycling. You can never be too careful.
Give Them A Means To Communicate
When communicating with your kids, it’s important to give them a phone to call if they get lost or need your help. This phone might not be something you give to them on a permanent basis, they may be too young to have one. However, it’s good for them to have one in these situations.
Keeping your kids safe outdoors is important, so use these tips to ease your mind!