Predator Proof Your Children

As he gets older my son asks for more and more freedom.  Most recently, to go riding his bike alone around the block, sleeping over a friend’s house and playing multi-player games online with virtual strangers.

We have discussed stranger danger in the past, but I think it’s time for a refresher. Not just for him, but for me. I feel completely ill prepared to give him the information he needs to make good decisions to stay clear of danger or get away if he finds himself in trouble, both in the real and virtual world.

I found three great resources online to help me prepare for the various aspects of safety I  must impart to my child. These sites will help me learn how to teach the information and how to consistently work on keeping  my child safe and the information current.

-The first is a PDF document called “Predator Proofing Your Child“. It’s a little long but covers a lot. I printed it out- I really feel it’s timeless information.

-The second is Crime Safety Security Safety for Women & Child Safety Tips. This site encompasses all security issues, including cyber bullying. Just click on links as appropriate.  It’s very comprehensive and a great, simple read.

– The third and final is Safe Surfing for Kids. This site has lesson plans, which include handouts, quizzes and role playing scenarios, in the subject of online safety.  It’s broken down by grade level. It’s a site for teachers, but its appropriate for parents to use. As I read through it, I saw it would be easy to relay the information in a conversational manner.

Article By Nuria Almeida

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