Your home should be a safe place for your kids. However, because some security threats can happen unexpectedly, it’s still a good idea to prepare your kids just in case something happens while you are gone. This is particularly important if you mostly come home late or if you have latchkey kids.
Since safety lessons can be boring for playful kids, you need to know exactly what teaching methods you can use to keep them interested. To help you get started, here are some fun ways you can use in making safety lessons more engaging.
Scavenger hunt for safety
When it comes to emergencies, you want to make sure your kids know exactly what they need to do. For one, they must know the things they need to grab and where they can find those things in the event of an emergency.
One fun way to teach this to your kids is to through a scavenging game. List down the emergency items your kids need to find, like flashlights, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits, and hide them around the house. Give each kid a list of the items and let them race to find out who can collect everything at the fastest time.
Do a fire drill
It’s easy to tell kids what they’ll need to do in case of a fire. But, how sure are you that they’ll be able to do exactly as they are told? During an emergency, panic is the first thing most people feel and this can easily cloud any child’s mind.
One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to allow your kids to experience a simulation of the event so that they’ll know exactly how to respond. However, before you actually trigger your alarm, it’s a good idea to inform your kids first about what they need to do.
Talk about how they should protect themselves and how they should exit the house. You need to tell them where the family will rendezvous or who they should call in case they get separated from each number.
Tell your kids when you’ll be sounding the alarm, too, particularly if it’s the first time you’ll be conducting a fire drill. This is to ensure that they won’t panic or feel frightened. In the future, you can do unannounced drills.
Take a trip to your local fire or police station
If the traditional way of learning don’t make your kids interested, perhaps taking them out for a trip to your local fire and police station will. Many communities have these open houses where firemen and policemen conduct safety lessons for kids. They can teach your young ones on how to recognize threat and danger, apply basic first aid techniques and how they can defend themselves. A lot of kids look up to firemen and policemen so it can definitely keep the lessons more engaging.
Role play scenes
Kids can retain their safety lessons more if they can put them into practice. One of the best techniques you can do is to engage them in role-playing scenes. It’s a good way to verify the preparedness of your kids when it comes to their security. It can also give you a clearer idea on what you need to improve or pay more attention to.
Take, for example, your home security alarm. Deliberately trigger your alarm and guide your kids on what they should do first upon hearing it. Teach them how to verify and disengage the alarm once they are sure that it’s a false alarm. On the same note, they should also be taught how to contact proper authorities or you if the alarm really signals a threat.
Another thing you can do for your role-playing game is to let your kids be security inspectors. Have your children dress up as security inspectors or even policemen and let them check your house’s security features. Intentionally leave some things out, like your door locks, and see how they’ll react.
Role play is an effective tool in teaching kids of the dangers of talking to strangers, too. Take the role of a stranger and grab your kids by the arm or offer some candies and as them to come with you. Gauge your kids’ reactions and teach them how they should respond. Make sure that they are aware of the threat and that they understand that it’s alright to scream, kick or punch just to get away from their possible abductors.
It’s up to you
When it comes to safety, whether you are a kid or an adult, preparedness is extremely essential. However, unlike adults, kids have short attention spans that can make it difficult for them to learn or even process the information. As a parent, it’s up to you how you can make the process a lot more fun for your kids. The most important thing is that learn how to stay safe.