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10 Basic Survival Skills Every Kid Should Know

Kids scare me for a lot of reasons.

1. They’re vulnerable.

2. They’re dangerous.

3. They’re curious as hell.

If ever there was a dichotomy of awesomeness and utter disaster, it was children.

Without sounding like a Nancy Grace-obsessed helicopter parent, there are basic things our kids need to know to protect themselves from bad people, from injury, and even themselves.

Let’s take a look at 10 basic survival skills every kid should know – after the jump!

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  • How to talk to strangers 1 of 10
    How to talk to strangers
    Situational and stranger awareness is critical to your child's safety. Learn more about how to talk to your child about these topics in a way that empowers, rather than frightens them. Visit the National Crime Prevention Council for information on what to teach kids about strangers.
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  • What to do in a natural disaster 2 of 10
    What to do in a natural disaster
    While some natural disasters allow us time to prepare, others unfortunately come without warning. Teach your child what to do in the event of natural disasters that threaten your geographic area and visit FEMA's Ready kid's channel for age-appropriate emergency preparedness information.
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  • What to do if they get lost 3 of 10
    What to do if they get lost
    Teaching your child what to do in the event that they become lost can help ensure a happy reunion. Check out Parents' 5 tips on what your child should do if she gets lost by clicking here.
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  • Basic navigation skills 4 of 10
    Basic navigation skills
    Listen, no one's saying your kid needs to be a wizard with maps or able to navigate according to the sun's position in the sky, but basic directional awareness can help keep them safe. Work with your child to develop navigation skills by allowing them to lead the way out of the shopping mall and back to your parked vehicle or around the neighborhood while you walk the family dog.
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  • Know their neighborhood 5 of 10
    Know their neighborhood
    Your child needs to be familiar with their neighborhood as well as their neighbors in the event of an emergency.
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  • Their address and phone number 6 of 10
    Their address and phone number
    You might think your child knows their address and phone number because they memorized it once upon a time, but he's not exactly calling himself or writing his address regularly to aid in memorization. It's important that your child know their home address and phone number in the event that they become separated from you.
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  • Basic first aid 7 of 10
    Basic first aid
    Discuss basic first aid with your child, focusing on what to do in the event of minor cuts and scrapes and how to tell the difference between minor or more serious injuries. Basic knowledge of first aid will help your child take better care of themselves and others when injuries occur.
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  • What to do in a fire 8 of 10
    What to do in a fire
    Knowing what to do in the event of a fire might just save your child's life. Everything your child needs to know about fire safety can be found on the U.S. Fire Administration for Kids website.
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  • Where friends and family live 9 of 10
    Where friends and family live
    In the event of an emergency, it's important that your child know who and where they can go to for help.
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  • What to do in an emergency 10 of 10
    What to do in an emergency
    Your child might know to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency, but do they know how to use your home phone or make calls from your cell phone? As parents we assume that our kids know how to make calls on our phones (because they sure do know how to play games), but let's take the time to double-check. Better safe than sorry!
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