What would you do if someone attempted to harm your child, or a child you care for?
What would you do if someone attempted harm to YOU?
Why are your answers different? (**read explanation at bottom of the page)
Does your child know what to do if lost?
Have you ever discussed peer pressure with your child?
Have you ever discussed with your child what inappropriate behaviour is?
Have you discussed when your child should get out of a friend’s car?
Have you told your children NEVER to get into a car of a stranger (or someone who makes them feel awkward) – no matter what the enticement or threat may be?
Have you discussed with your children what should be done if they find themselves at a questionable party/situation?
Have you ever taken a walking tour of your neighbourhood?
Have you physically checked out the facilities your child attends?
- Day care?
Does your child know when to reject adult authority?
Have you ever discussed emergency procedures with your child?
Is your child prompt? Are you prompt?
Do you know if your child is a follower?
Do you know if your child is a wanderer?
Can you account for your child’s whereabouts hourly?
Have you discussed with your child who might be the best people to approach if they need help?
Have you ever done any public transit training with your child?
Do you know specifically how much money your child has to spend?
In the presence of your child, do you display a positive attitude toward the police?
Does your child know when & how to make an emergency (911) call?
Is your home a gathering place for kids?
- Have you thought of why?
- Do you know whose house is a gathering place for kids?
Do you know the telephone numbers and addresses of your child’s friends?
Have you met the parents of your child’s friends?
Do you feel you:
- Listen to your child?
- Spend enough time with your child?
Does your child know how and where to reach you at anytime?
Do you know how and where to reach your child at any time?
Do you know the route your child takes to school?
- Have you ever walked the route yourself?
In your neighbourhood, do you know if there are any:
- Abandoned buildings?
- Vacant lots?
- Unlighted walkways?
- Creeks subject to flooding?
- Railway Tracks?
Do the police patrol your neighbourhood on a regular basis?
Do you know your child’s favourite place to play?
- Have you ever been there?
- Have you ever asked where it is?
It’s amazing that so many people answer these questions in a similar fashion:
What would you do if someone attempted harm to a child you care for? Almost everyone has an answer to this (some rather graphic).
What would you do if someone attempted harm to YOU? Few people have an answer to this other than “I don’t know”.
Why are your answers different?
If someone assaults YOU – harms you – this also harms any children you care for (and anyone else in your family). It takes you away from your normal interaction with them…your ability to teach & protect them as you would normally do!