On this blog, we talk a lot about occupational safety and health. Whether it is in general industry, construction, oil and gas, or healthcare, we strive to provide relevant and timely information to help workers and employers work together to make their work a safer place for everyone.
But what about the safety of some of the most important people in our lives: our children? Are we giving the “safety plan” of our little ones the same diligence, effort, planning, and evaluation as we are the safety management plans at our jobs?
Hopefully the answer is yes. However, the parents of the 700 children that are abducted each day (about a quarter of a million each year!) probably thought they knew a lot about child safety, too.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, sister, or friend, don’t pass up watching and sharing the three shocking videos below. By spreading the message, you may even help save a child’s life.
Joey Salads, a prolific YouTuber who does various social experiments and pranks, recently did an experiment to see if he could get children to walk away with him from a playground (with parental permission, of course). The results are frightening and make it very clear you have to do more than simply talk about stranger danger to your children. Try role-playing various scenarios every once in awhile to help keep your kids alert and aware of the tactics a kidnapper may use.
Even if you live in small town of 500, children should be properly supervised. A menacing kidnapper who looks like Frankenstein was recently caught on surveillance after snatching a toddler from a playground in Sprague, Washington. You’ll be surprised by what his older sister and brother do! Teaching your kids to speak-up, make noise, and not freeze may make the difference between life and death.
Fortunately, there is a happy ending for this Sandy family, but the frantic recording of this mother calling for help when she tells the police, “There was a man in my home and he took my 5-year-old daughter,” leaves one feeling chilled to the bone. No matter how safe your neighborhood appears to be, never forget to lock your doors and teach your children what to do if an intruder enters your home.
What methods and strategies do you use to increase your child’s safety and awareness? Comment below and check out these safety tips from Kidpower.