Because you can not be with your children every minute, it is important to teach them to make good decisions while on their own. Below are links to websites providing discussion points for you to instruct your children for staying safe in a variety of situations. The sites have been broken down by category. The links go directly to the specific information for that category.
- After School Safety For Children Who Are Home Alone
- Bicycle Safely
- Child Safety In Sports
- Child Passenger Safety
- General Tips
- Poison Control Centers 1-800-222-1222
- Safe Kids Coalition of Larimer County
- Walking and Biking Safely
- Water Safety
Everyone needs to know about calling 911 in an emergency. But children in particular need specifics about what an emergency is. Asking your child, "What would you do if we had a fire in our house?" or "What would you do if you saw someone trying to break in?" gives you a chance to discuss what constitutes an emergency and what should be done if one occurs. Role playing is an especially good way to address various emergency scenarios and give your child the confidence he or she will need to handle them.
For younger children, it might also help to talk about whom the emergency workers are in your community - police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and so on - and what kinds of things they do to help people who are in trouble. This will paint a clear picture for your little one of not only what types of emergencies can occur, but also who can help.