How to Talk to Your Children

You. A parent is the best person to teach a child about personal safety.

  • Effective personal safety skills
  • Smart Thinking
  • Strong Character
  • Sticking Together
Now. Age and maturity matter:
  • There is no perfect age when parents should begin teaching children about personal safety.
  • A child's ability to comprehend and practice safety skills is affected by age, educational, and developmental levels.
Listen to Your Children
  • Encourage open communication. Let your children know they can talk to you about any situation
  • Know your children's daily activities and habits.
  • Listen to what they like and what they don't like.
  • Reassure your children that their safety is your #1 concern.
Teach Your Children
  • It's ok to say no tell your children to trust their instincts.
  • Reinforce the importance of the "buddy system."
  • Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do.
Get Involved
  • Know where your children are at all times.
  • There is no substitute for your attention and supervision.
  • Your children should check in with you if there is a change in plans.
Practice Safety Skills With Your Child
Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.