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5 Summer Safety Strategies That Every Kid (& Parent) Should Know

Posted: August 04, 2020

Summer brings longer days and lots of free time for your kids (and less for parents).

Unfortunately during the summer break children are also more prone to peer pressure as well as being more vulnerable to fall victims to predators.

We want our children to put down the iPad and go outside and play, however kids today have to be much more alert than we had to be growing up. Just watching the local news is enough to terrify any parent concerned for their childrens’ safety. These are challenges that every parent faces, but by implementing some simple strategies we can feel much more confident about our children interacting with the real world.

Here are some essential safety tips you can teach your child NOW:

1. ALWAYS KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM PEOPLE YOU DO NOT KNOW

This may seem like common sense, but in most child abduction cases the kids are lured close by a predator, and an essential thing they must know is to always keep enough distance from approaching cars or strangers asking questions.

SAFE DISTANCE FROM PEOPLE YOU DO NOT KNOW

2. HAVE A SAFE HOUSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEY CAN RUN TO WHERE THEY CAN BE SAFE

Sometimes a child may find herself in a difficult or dangerous situation while not in the proximity of home. Have some safety points in the neighborhood such as friends houses or neighborhood business where the child can seek safety should he find himself in danger or needing help.

3. LEARN THE MAGIC WORD!

If a stranger approaches your child, make sure they know to ask for The Magic Word! The Magic Word is an essential Stranger Danger technique; If a stranger claims to have been sent by Mommy or Daddy, teach your child a magic word that only the two of you know; Teach your child to always ask strangers claiming to be friends if they know The Magic Word, and to run away and ask for help if the word is not given.

WHEN ONLINE, ALWAYS DECLINE!

4. WHEN ONLINE, ALWAYS DECLINE!

Unfortunately, as many precautions as we take as parents, it is very difficult to shield your children from the infinite access of the internet, especially when visiting friends houses whose parents may not have the same safety restrictions as yours. One thing to make sure that your child knows is to “Never Share Personal Information Online, Especially with strangers.” Teach your child the tagline “When Online, Always Decline!”

ALWAYS SAY NO!

5. ALWAYS SAY NO!

Never Accept any kind of gifts or candy from strangers. Politely decline, saying “No Thanks!”. If the person insists, teach your child that this is a sign that something is not right and to quickly find a way to escape the situation or go tell the nearest adult about it.

Martial Arts. This is the way.

Our programs are packed with fun activities and our Martial Arts classes are taught by Black Belt Instructors! We teach all these skills and more, so you can always be assured that your kids will know what to do in a dangerous situation. 

And Martial Arts has long been shown to have tremendous benefits for kids and teens!

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It teaches respect, discipline, and fosters self-esteem. It instills greater levels of confidence, helps kids stand up to bullies, and even defend themselves against would-be attackers or kidnappers. It can help increase academic performance, homework completion, and classroom discipline. And the physical benefits are obvious; kids and teens find themselves more physically fit in every regard.

We think Martial arts is the best way to keep your kids active, engaged, successful, and safe! That's why we are offering members of our community a FREE class, so your child can try martial arts and you can evaluate our program with confidence- and no commitments. And of course, we are taking extra precautions to keep our dojo clean and sanitized, and are following all of the recommended safety protocols, to keep your family safe!

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