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14 Important Safety Lessons to Teach Your Kids

14 Important Safety Lessons to Teach Your KidsWhen it comes to my kids, one of the biggest fears I have is some sort of harm coming to them. It’s a parents worst nightmare and with all the scary news we’re hearing lately — there’s no time like now to make sure your kids know the basic safety precautions.

There really is no wrong time to start teaching kids about online safety, dangers around the house and how to deal with any situations that arise with strangers. The earlier you start the conversations, the better. And it needs to be an ongoing conversation.

I have a few rules and guidelines for safety in our house and some are every day things and others are for those scary times I hope never happens. We talk often (but not too much so they get scared) about trusting your instincts, how and when to call 9-1-1 and 12 other important lessons on safety I hope they grasp and remember, yet never need.

Click through to read 14 important safety lessons you should make sure your kids know:


  • Look Both Ways 1 of 14
    Look Both Ways
    Road safety starts early in our house since we walk to and from the school bus. Teaching your kids the rule of the road, looking both ways and to check your (walking) blind-spot is important for their safety.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Don’t Give Personal Info Out Online 2 of 14
    Don't Give Personal Info Out Online
    Kids start young with computers and online safety lessons are a must. Talking to your kids about what information they should never share -- like their school, their address and phone number can help keep them safe online.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Don’t Play with Matches, Knives or Guns 3 of 14
    Don't Play with Matches, Knives or Guns
    Kids will find everything in the house and they need to know and respect what items are dangerous like matches and knives.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Stop, Drop and Roll 4 of 14
    Stop, Drop and Roll
    I hope to all that no child has to use the stop, drop and roll rule, but it's important and can save a life if there is fire on the body.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Walk in Pairs 5 of 14
    Walk in Pairs
    My kids are still young so they don't walk home from school by themselves -- I pick them up -- but we've already begin the conversation about how they are to always walk home together and to not take any shortcuts.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • There are No Secrets 6 of 14
    There are No Secrets
    One of the biggest rules in our house for their safety is even if someone says they need to keep something a secret, there are to be no secrets to mommy. No matter what.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Learn How and When to Use 9-1-1 7 of 14
    Learn How and When to Use 9-1-1
    It's not only important for our kids to know how to call 9-1-1, but also when it's important to do so. Talking about possible situations you should call and times you shouldn't could really make a difference.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Never Run Near the Pool 8 of 14
    Never Run Near the Pool
    Sounds silly maybe, but water safety is important with kids. Running around water poses many safety concerns. Taking kids to swim lessons and learning basic water safety rules is important.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Trust Your Instincts 9 of 14
    Trust Your Instincts
    I am trying hard to get my kids to always listen to that little voice, that instinct that tells them something is wrong and to always trust it. That way if they're talking to someone who gives them the creeps, or they ask them to do something that makes them feel weird -- they will know to listen to their voice.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Know Your Phone Number and Address 10 of 14
    Know Your Phone Number and Address
    Teaching your kids their phone number and address can come in handy if they ever need help or if they're lost. Simple, but important.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Protect From the Sun 11 of 14
    Protect From the Sun
    This one may not be as important as other lessons, but this one can be an everyday safety issue. Teaching your kids early about how to protect their skin from the sun, what to watch for in terms of heat stroke and dehydration are lessons they can use forever.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Your The Boss of Your Body 12 of 14
    Your The Boss of Your Body
    They are in charge of their own body and no one is to touch it. Teaching kids early on about private parts, appropriate touching and that instinct again is a real safety lesson they should know.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Yell and Tell 13 of 14
    Yell and Tell
    The yell and tell rule teaches kids to yell if someone they don't know is telling them to do something like get in the car or offering them a gift. Teach the kids to yell something like, "I don't know you. get away from me" loudly is better than screaming. Telling a parent, teacher or police officer what happened is important too.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Smoke Means Danger 14 of 14
    Smoke Means Danger
    Fire safety is something kids should know early on too. Not only the signs that there may be a fire (smoke and smell), but they should also be comfortable with the fire escape routes. There's a reason they go over that at schools.
    Photo credit: photostock.

Photo credit: adapted from iStockPhoto

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