Our kids need our love and protection. They also interact with adult neighbors, babysitters, and older siblings of their friends. Each of these people might have something in their past that should cause you concern about your kid. Some of these adults may have been incarcerated. You need to know this information and be in a position to act accordingly. And we need tools to keep our kids safe and to always be in touch with us. Keep reading below to find out more or check out Common Cents Mom for helpful tips on how to keep your kids safe!
Parents today have to get used to saying phrases to themselves like: my background checks are important” and “do not let my child leave home without a cell phone” because these are important things to remember and do to make sure that their children are safe.
Run Background Checks on People in Your Kids Lives
You kids likely interact with a dozen or more adults in their schools, while they are playing sports, in classes they take outside of school and even with the parents of their friends. The reality is that you likely know very little about these people even though they are entrusted with the care and concern of your kids for long stretches of time. This should be worrying to you because some of these people may have past occurrences when they committed crimes and were incarcerated. Some of these charges could even be related to their inappropriately interacting with children. Running a background check on these adults will make you aware of any important and hidden information and give you peace of mind about your children interacting with them.
Give Your Kids a Cellphone
Many of us have love and hate relationships with cell phones. They are great tools but can also be time wasters because of their connection to the Internet. The problems with cell phones are magnified with young people who have little self-control and end up hypnotized by Facebook and Youtube leading to their wasting hours of good time and lots of money that you have to pay to your cellular company. But the benefits of giving your kids a cell phone outweighs not giving them one when you look at the safety aspects. Having a cell phone keeps them connected to you and assistance practically no matter where they are. They can always be reached and have a tracking device with them at all times. Parents should manage their kid’s cell phone usage and use software programs that prohibit what sites thy can visit on the Internet and also see who they have befriended on social networking platforms and the type of videos, pictures and messages they are receiving. This will allow parents to intervene in any inappropriate relationships or interactions their children are having.
Parents like to reminisce about the world they grew up in and how everyone tried to do the right thing. Kids could walk through the streets unbothered and not worry about negative situations or characters. That world has gone and the new one demands that parents take the right actions to protect their kids before anything bad happens. Doing online background checks on anyone suspicious and getting your child a cellphone are smart things to do to protect them.