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If you’re like most parents these days, you are always thinking about your kids’ safety. And if you’re the parent of young children—who are especially vulnerable—the worry is probably even more pronounced.
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tools and techniques out there to help parents in their goal of keeping their children safe. Here are just a few:
Keep Track of Their Whereabouts
At some point, your child will start school, or they many want to go over to a friend’s house. In any case, they will be outside your care. But they don’t have to be entirely. With older kids, you can enable the tracking feature of their cell phone; you can assume that wherever their phone goes, they do too.
For younger children, or when you just want to avoid the cell phone route as long as possible, there is also an array these days of GPS watches and other wearables. Such pieces are colorful and fun (so your kids will want to wear them) and can help you keep track of where they are.
Protect Them Online
In addition to the dangers of the real world, there are also the ones lurking in the virtual one. As your child starts to explore the internet, you may worry about what they can see there…and who can see them. You can help to protect your child from illicit content and online predators with parental controls.
Most current computers, cell phones, and other web-enabled devices come with parental controls standard. They allow you to set limits on what kinds of sites your child can access, how long they can be online, and put a stop to any unauthorized purchases. If the standard controls aren’t to your liking, you can look into a variety of third-party parental control apps that you can download to give you the control you want.
Check Out Other Adults Around Your Child
Do you know the parents of your child’s friends? What about your new next-door neighbor? A quick way to get more information about them is with an online criminal records search. Simply start with a search for the person using their full name, city and state.
Once you’ve found the right person, then you have the option to access their available criminal records (as well as other reported public records). The presence of such records can tell you if someone is a violent offender, if they’re a sex offender, and other criminal background info.
Teach Them How to Be Safe
You can protect them all you want. But at some point, it will be up to your children to start making their own decisions about their safety. You can help guide them to the right decisions by teaching them, early and often. You can get some help in this kind of education with child safety cartoons and videos.
That’s right, cartoons. Many child safety organizations are using them to get their message across. The entertainment factor is exactly why videos can be such an effective learning tool. They grab kids’ attention and, as such, engage them to really pay attention to matters like water safety, cybersecurity, what to do in case of fire or other emergency, and other safety issues.