Identifying The Dangers That Children Face
Ah, children. So free of responsibilities, so dependent, so innocent and free. It’s a time in their life they’ll get to experience again; no one does! While you’ll hope that their days will be filled with laughter and fun adventures, every parent knows just how important it is that they’re kept completely safe from the world, that is much more dangerous than children appreciate. They see the earth as one big playground, while you, as a fully grown adult, understand that there are risks that need to be managed. Below, we take a look at a range of issues that pose a danger to your little ones, as well as some things you can do to keep the risks at bay.
Scrapes and Bruises
Sometimes, the risk to your kids isn’t one specific thing. It’s just everything. Indeed, the common denominator that links your child and danger is…your child! Sometimes, they’re just too enthusiastic for their own good, and end up getting themselves into situations that result in scrapes and bruises. Now, there’s not too much you can do about these things. There’s not a child on earth who doesn’t pick up a cut every now and again. The best you can do is to teach them how to play carefully and hope they take the message on board.
Children love teddy bears, and when they see a walking teddy bear, they want to go over and play with it. How could they not? Alas, in the real world, teddy bears are dogs, and they aren’t always cute and cuddly. While most canines won’t pose any threat to your children, when they do, the injuries can be severe. The best approach is to make sure your child is only approaching other people’s pets when you’re with them. If you have a dog of your own, then teach them how to play properly; dogs rarely attack of their own accord, but rather when they feel under attack, and it’s easy to confuse a rambunctious child with an attacking creature.
Around the Home
You want your home to be modern, functional, and stylish, yet above all of those things, it’s important that it’s safe for children. They’re less aware of the risks than you are, and what might look entirely safe for you could be a danger to someone who doesn’t know any better. Childproofing your property so there are no blunt corners and similarly dangerous aspects will be a good start, and always ensure that medicines and cleaning products are kept far away from where a child could reach them. Don’t just think about your home, however – consider their grandparent’s home, too. They’re likely going to spend a lot of time there, so it needs to be just as safe as your own.
Playing With Toys
Your child’s bedroom likely doesn’t look like a bedroom at all. It’s more like a toy store! Yet while most children’s products are fit for purpose, some aren’t, and as we know, it only takes one to be in your child’s bedroom for there to be a risk of injury. The important thing is to test the product yourself to see if any dangers could present themselves while it’s in the hands of your child. Don’t blindly accept the “safety” notice that’s printed on the packaging. Make your own call! If a toy or other item does cause harm to your child, you should work with a product liability lawyer to get the financial compensation you deserve. It won’t undo any injuries that have been caused, but it will help with any expenses you incur, and also make it less likely than another child will suffer a similar injury in the future.
Exploring the Neighborhood
Children are supposed to play outside, not locked up inside all the time. If you played out on the streets when you were younger, then your kids should do the same; the world was more dangerous when you were young than it is now. Still, while it’s a lovely image to think of your child riding their bikes outside with their friends on a summer’s night, it’s important that they know the rules that’ll keep them safe. They should know how far they’re able to go (for instance, staying within your road), what time they need to be indoors, and what to do in case of an emergency. It’s a good idea to have an open dialogue with the other parents in your street — the more eyes that are on the playing children, the safer that they’ll be.
The world is moving into new territory. We existed for one hundred thousand years without the internet, and then in the blink of an eye, it’s everywhere! While the internet provides a lot of good, we all know that there’s a dark side to it too. Your child is part of the first generation who have been using the internet since birth (more or less), and they’re far savvier at using it than older generations. Alas, they don’t always know the risks of being online. If you’re going to give them a smartphone or tablet, make sure that you’re talking with them about the best practices, and make it so they only use the internet in shared spaces, not their bedroom.
The dangers facing your children don’t just exist in the here and now. The issues of the future are going to affect them the most, too. Every new law, government plan, or global danger will influence the world that they grow up in. Take climate change. While some of the effects are being felt now, they’re going to be much more pronounced in the future. Consequently, the best thing you can do to secure your child’s future is to take action that’ll bring about the best possible future for them, such as voting for politicians who share your ideals and working to protect the planet. A little bit of effort on these two fronts can make a big difference!
We all know that children are capable of being cruel from time to time, but it doesn’t make seeing your little one suffer because of the words or actions of others any easier to tolerate. While you’re completely in control during their first few years, by the time they go to school, some of that control will have to be relinquished. You can’t prevent a child from being nasty to your kid, but you can teach them the correct way to handle school bullies, including talking about it. No good comes from suffering in silence!
Too Wrapped Up
We’ve listed a lot of the common dangers here, but there’s another one, too – one that you might not be expecting. While it’s important that you’re keeping dangers at bay, you should also keep in mind that being too protective of your child is also not recommended. While you’ll ensure that they’re kept completely safe, you might have a negative impact on how they function in the future. It’s important that they know the difference between taking acceptable risks (such as, crossing the street when the walk sign is showing) and things that are dangerous (crossing the road just because there are no cars in sight). Equally, children who are wrapped up in cotton wool are more likely to suffer from allergies in later life. So while the emphasis should most definitely be on keeping them safe, let’s not forget that kids need to be kids, too.