10 General Safety Rules You Should Teach Your Children

You may be constantly concerned about your child’s safety whether they are playing outside or within the house. Keeping your child safe at all times necessitates continual parental guidance. In such cases, establishing a few safety rules for children can be beneficial.

If you are not sure how to go about setting these rules, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading to learn about common safety principles for home and school that you can teach your child to ensure their safety.

Top 10 General Safety Rules For Kids At School

As a parent you may want to always be present near your kid. But this is not possible. You have to let your kid venture out without you. There are places where your kid will meet others in your absence, for example, at school. Your kid may also need to be at the day care or at home with a nanny. Also, it is important to prepare your kid for basic safety steps in the event of an emergency.

Here we list out 10 kids safety rules, that will help in ensuring safety at school and home:

1. Safety Rule #1 Know Your Name, Number And Address:

Kids practice memorizing the number

Image: iStock

Your kid may be small but it is important to teach basic contact details like your and your partner’s name and contact number. Your kid should be able to share your contact number with someone in case of an emergency. Also, knowing where home is and any nearby landmark is also important. Help your kid memorize these with regular practice at home. Also, help your kid memorize a backup number to call, like a grandparent, uncle or aunt.

Quick fact
In America, a child goes missing or is kidnapped every 40 seconds (1).

2. Safety Rule #2 Do Not Eat Anything Given By A Stranger:

You need to teach your kid about the dangers of eating food that is given by a stranger. No matter how tempting the treat is, if it comes from a stranger, your kid should not eat it. Teach your kid that it is dangerous to accept food from anyone. Ask them to politely refuse in case someone is offering food without your consent or in your absence.

3. Safety Rule #3 Do Not Climb The Fence:

No climbing over the fence

Image: iStock

Your kid may be playing ball and suddenly it bounces off to a space inside a fence. Teach your kid never to try and retrieve something by climbing through a fence. If something like this happens, your kid should ask the help of a grown up, but never go near a fence.

4. Safety Rule #4 Do Not Walk Off The Yard Alone:

Similar to the point above, your kid should know that it is not permissible to walk out of your yard alone. If your kid needs to go out for anything, you or some known adult should be accompanying your kid at all times.

5. Safety Rule #5 Playing Or Experimenting With Fire Is Not Allowed:

Fire safety rules for kids

Image: iStock

Whether or not you are at home, your kid should know that it is absolutely not allowed to play with fire. Only if you are around and have given your permission can your kid be near fire. Make sure all fire outlets are safely out of your kid’s reach.

Experts say
According to the U.S. Fire Department, children below five years are at a higher risk of dying in fires (2).

6. Safety Rule #6 Never Go Anywhere With A Stranger:

Your kid should know that no matter what the reasoning, it is not safe to go anywhere with a stranger. Tell your kid that if a stranger tells them something like ‘Your mom asked you to come with me immediately,’ they should stay where they are and shout out for help. Ensure that if there is an emergency, you will always send a family member, like grandparent or aunt, to be with your kid and not a stranger.

7. Safety Rule #7 No One Is Allowed To Touch Your Kid’s Body:

Good and bad touches for kids

Image: iStock

This is a very important safety rule for kids and you should teach about it as soon as your kid can understand the basics. Teach about good touch and bad touch. Tell your kid that no one is allowed to touch your kid except mommy, and sometimes papa, if needed. If anyone else has touched your kid, your kid should immediately shout for help and alert people around.

8. Safety Rule #8 If You Get Lost, Stay Where You Are:

In the event that your kid gets lost, tell them it is important they stay right where they are. If they see any other mom with kids nearby, they can ask her for help. Your kid should stay inside the place and not go out, even with the other mom. Most common places where kids get lost are the super markets. Tell your kid that they can walk up to the counter of the store and tell the person they are lost.

Quick tip
When going in crowded places, proactively set a meeting place to reach if anyone gets separated (3).

9. Safety Rule #9 Do Not Share Address And Phone Details With Anyone (Except Emergency Situations As In Point 1):

Stranger safety for kids

Image: Shutterstock

Your kid should know that it is unsafe to share personal details like phone numbers, address, email ids or pictures with strangers. Any information that is shared should only be with your consent or in your presence.

10. Safety Rule #10 If I Am Uncomfortable I Will Not Do It:

No matter what your kid may be asked to do, if it makes your kid uncomfortable, your kid should NOT do it. This could be something as simple as taking off clothes in front of others and diving in a home pool. If your kid is not comfortable about it, no matter how many friends are doing it, your kid should not do it at all.

These general safety rules for children must be included in the lessons you teach your children. These simple but important rules may help ensure your child’s safety when you are not around and while keeping you relaxed. Although it may be difficult to get them to understand the gravity of these rules, approaching them calmly and setting out illustrative scenarios may help. Despite these safety rules for children, remember to be vigilant and always communicate openly to help them open up and reach out to you.

References:

MomJunction's articles are written after analyzing the research works of expert authors and institutions. Our references consist of resources established by authorities in their respective fields. You can learn more about the authenticity of the information we present in our editorial policy.
  1. Runaways and Missing Kids; Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
    https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/safekids/missing/Pages/default.aspx
  2. Child Fire Death Risk; U.S. Fire Administration
    https://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/deaths-injuries/children.html
  3. Some Basic Things to Teach Your Child to Do if They Get Lost; Lost Child Education; Brighton Colorado
    https://www.brightonco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11299/Lost-Child-Education?bidId=
Was this article helpful?
thumbsupthumbsdown
The following two tabs change content below.