Toddlers and small children tend to be shy. In the initial years, parents don’t have to worry too much about their children encountering or interacting with strangers. However, as kids get older, they become more interactive and curious about the people around them. This is a natural thing, but it opens up a new world of risks too. Like many parents, you may be wondering or thinking about how to discuss safety with your children.
According to a study that we conducted, it was found that 8% of the parents said that their children aged 3-6 years did not understand the consequences of their actions, with regard to safety. Knowing that their actions can have consequences helps keep them safe from harm. Living in times when children’s safety is the top priority for parents, it is extremely vital that your child understands the cause-effect relationships of actions and an increased need for safety. An emotionally secure child is one who can translate himself/herself to be happy.
When your child doesn’t understand the consequences of his/her actions, he/she might:
- Get into trouble at school or playtime unknowingly
- Face problems understanding road safety
- Not know the “bad” effects of some actions which may leave him/her woefully naïve
- Not be aware of the concept of “Stranger Danger”, thereby making him/her unprepared for various unsafe situations
Children who understand the cause-effect relationships of their actions are alert, independent, safe and secure individuals-
- They know how to handle various situations even when they are alone at home, like knowing that they should never open the door for anyone except for immediate family members
- Such kids also know which places to avoid when they are alone, like parking lots and vacant areas. They are also aware of the safe routes for getting to and from playgrounds, school and other places