Empowering our children with the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe.
We live in a crazy time. So much is at our fingertips, whenever and wherever we want it, and it seems there are daily advancements in the world of technology that make our world a smaller place. In light of these changes and constant developments, we must now consider a new approach to teaching our children social etiquette.
We are raising our children in a world where “friends” are no longer those they have made at school, but people from all over the world that they may share a common interest with. There is a real need for a new perspective on the way we teach our children how to handle different kinds of social situations. By equipping our children with a modern approach to social etiquette we are teaching them information designed to keep them safe and happy when interacting with the outside world; whether that is a stranger who approaches them as they walk home from school, or someone they engage with online. As a loving parent, it is absolutely natural to worry and to strive to protect your child from the hazards of certain social situations. Here are some examples of safety topics you might discuss with your children.
- Travelling Alone – When traveling on public transport, teach your children to sit next to other families. This is a simple way to ensure your child won’t be targeted as looking vulnerable. Also encourage your children to adhere to the same route to and from home every time.
- Handling Strangers – Teach your children that going somewhere with a stranger is totally unacceptable. They need to understand that they could be putting themselves in harm’s way and if they are ever in need of help to seek out a person in authority – a store manager, a bus driver, a police officer, etc. Keeping secrets told to them from an outsider is likely not a good idea so encourage your children to have a “no secrets” rule within the family. It’s also smart to teach your children their address and phone number as early as possible.
- Inappropriate Relationships – Help your children understand how to safeguard themselves against predators.
- Online Safety – Helping your young teens understand the dangers of social networking and how to stay safe is absolutely key for their development. Every time we post something online, it’s like leaving our thumbprint behind and will most likely never be erased. Help your children understand what kind of online presence they are building for themselves and how to protect themselves from potential dangers.
Safety, both inside and outside of the home, is absolutely vital in this day and age and it’s important that we know how to approach this area of social etiquette and how to ensure our children know how to conduct themselves socially, especially in situations which might cause them harm.
Social etiquette skills help your child stay safe and to behave well in any circumstance. If you’re concerned your approach to teaching your children social etiquette isn’t effective, why not contact us? Not only do we offer etiquette classes for children 7-13 years, but we are also able to offer one-to-one family sessions as well.
Next week we’ll continue looking at the topic of social etiquette for children; focusing particularly on how we can help our children to act appropriately in public – whether in a library or on a busy train, does your child know how to act when faced with various levels of noise or large numbers of people?
Until then, have a great week!