Q: What is the right age to talk about personal safety with your child?
I will admit, it is a bit of a trick question. There isn’t one right age to talk about safety. Questions adapt as children get older, new “What If” scenarios come into play as kids log in to reach out, and sometimes life will throw a curve ball that needs to be addressed quickly.
One model is to have a family safety night at least twice each year. We suggest having an intentional time when school starts and again as school wraps up to talk personal safety together as a family. Keep the discussion positive and interactive, staying away from a lecture format that could have kids tuning out.
Some ideas to make it interactive include:
Family Safety Nights are one way to intentionally cover hard topics in a non-threatening and positive way. It’s the goal to move away from the fear that freezes us and move toward positive, accessible information that helps families know what to do if a safety problem comes up. Scared children are not safer children. We want children to walk around smart and not scared.