Holiday tips to keep your children entertained, safe

2015-06-24 06:01

FOR kids the mid-year school holiday is a welcome break, but for many parents - who have to work throughout – it is a stressful period of constantly wondering if your child is safe.

There are some basic and practical safety precautions parents can share with their children regardless of whether they are left with a caregiver, domestic staff or stay at home by themselves.

“It is important that they know to always keep entry and exit doors locked, and that nobody is to enter the property without your permission,” says Adrian Good, General Manager: Subscriber Coastal, ADT Security. “If you have a home security system installed teach them how to activate and deactivate it and how and when to use other security devices like panic buttons.”

He adds that it is a good idea to have a list of emergency contacts – including the 10111 number - near the telephone and to explain to children when and how it must be used.

The cold weather means that older children are often confined indoors and that boredom quickly sets in so they spend a lot of time online. Good says teaching your children to stay safe online is essential.

Here are some valuable hints and tips parents can share with their children:

.Never post any personal information online – like an address, email address or mobile number.

.Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.

.Keep your privacy settings as high as possible

.Never give out your passwords

.Don’t befriend people you don’t know

.Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Your child should always tell you if an online contact they have never met suggests they meet up

.Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are

.Think carefully about what you say before you post something online

.Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with their views; there is no need to be rude

.If a child sees anything online that makes them feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: they should leave the website, turn off their computer and tell someone immediately.

Children and teenagers should also be cautious of shopping malls which are far busier during the holidays and a popular hang-out for older kids.

If your child is going to a movie or to meet friends, he/she needs to look after he/she belongings and to look out for each other.

“Busy malls present a prime opportunity for pickpockets. Teach your children to hold on tightly to their handbags, wallets and cell phones. It is also important that, if they become separated from their friends, they head straight to the mall information desk or to security and try to track them down from there,” concludes Good. – REPORTER

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