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Children are our nation’s most precious resource. But they are children and often lack the proper resources and skills to protect themselves. It is the supreme duty of parents to teach their children bout safety and protection measures.

The following suggestions may be helpful:

1. Parents need to set an example.

Children watch the actions of their parents. Does Mommy use her seat belt? Does Daddy drive after drinking? Do they stop at stop signs and drive within the speed limit?

2. Talk about safety with your children.

“Responsibility” is a big word-but one that children can learn to understand and appreciate. Parents need to talk to their children about safety-and listen to the feedback. Parents need to know about their children’s daily habits and activities. They need to listen to what their children are saying about what they like and don’t like in their friend.

Children actually want and need boundaries. One parent recently observed, “When my child asks me if she can do something, 90% of the time she really wants me to say no!” And children need to learn how to say no.

3. Get Involved.

Know where your children are at all times. Your Children should check in with you if there is a change in plans. There is no substitute for your attention and supervision.

4. Practice safety skills with your child. Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.

Home safety tips

5. Children should know their full name, home phone number and how to use the telephone. Post your contact information where your children will see it; office phone number, cell phone, pager, etc. Children should have a trusted adult to call if they are scared or have an emergency. They need to be taught to call 911.

6. Choose babysitters with care.

Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbors. Once you have chosen the caregiver, drop in unexpectedly to see hoe you children are doing. Ask your children how the experience with the caregiver was, and listen carefully to their responses.

Neighborhood safety tips

7. Make a list with your children of their neighborhood boundaries, choosing significant landmarks. Interact regularly with your neighbors. Tell your children whose homes they are allowed to visit.

8. Don’t drop your children off alone at malls, movie theaters, video arcades, or parks.

9. Teach your children that adults should not approach children for help or directions. Tell your children that if they are approached by an adult, they should stay alert.

10. Never leave children unattended in an automobile.

11. Children should never hitchhike or approach a car when they don’t know the driver.

12. Children should never go anywhere with anyone without getting your permission first.

School Safety Tips

13. Be careful when you put your child’s name on clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes or bicycle license plates. Is a child’s name is visible it may put them on a first-name basis with an abductor.

14. Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they are being followed or need help. Make a map with your children showing acceptable routes to school using main roads, and avoiding shortcuts or isolated areas. If your children take a bus, visit the bus stop with them and make sure they know which bus to take.

The Schmidt Law Firm, Minneapolis Accident Attorneys has 30 years experience in over 6,000 successful cases of personal injury and wrongful death. Many of these cases have involved injuries to children with household chemicals, farm chemicals, farm equipment injuries, bicycle injuries, injuries due to child car seats, playground equipment, defective and dangerous baby cribs, lead poisoning and a side variety of other injuries to children.