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7 Feb 2013

100 Safety Rules Every Parent Should Follow (61 - 80)

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At Daycare
Many children spend the majority of their day in daycare. Help ensure your child’s safety when you aren’t with him by following these 10 rules.
  1. Ask about physicals. Daycares that require children to have physicals show that they are dedicated to protecting children and their health.
  2. Get independent verification. Conduct your own background check or hire someone to do it for you to ensure the daycare provider is who she says she is and has the qualification to provide high quality care.
  3. Ask the right questions. Asking the right questions can help you choose a quality childcare provider.
  4. Monitor quality of care. Understand what goes on in your child’s daycare and keep close tabs to be sure everyone is doing what they’re supposed to.
  5. Choose a licensed daycare. Licensed daycares have to undergo inspections and comply with local and state laws to stay in business.  Choosing one ensures the center has some oversight.
  6. Look for accredited programs. Daycares that opt for voluntary accreditation go above and beyond to meet higher standards set forth by independent accreditors.
  7. Inspect the location regularly. Before you choose a daycare center and throughout the duration of your child’s enrollment, stop in unexpectedly and look around for any safety red flags.
  8. Ask about security measures. Be sure to ask about what safety measures are in place to keep your kids safe while at daycare.
  9. Provide updated emergency contact information and consent forms. Having consent forms and contact information readily available can ensure your child gets the best care possible if an emergency should arise at daycare.
  10. Stay connected. Are you involved in your child’s daycare experience? Recent studies say you should be.
At School
You send them off and greet them when they, or you, return home, but do you really know what goes on during their day? Take action to help keep your children safe at school by following these safety rules.
  1. Bullyproof your kid. Don’t let your child become a bully’s next victim. Teach him effective strategies for standing up to a bully.
  2. Talk to kids about their day. Spending 15 minutes a day talking to your kids can help clue you into school problems.
  3. Be involved. Parents who are involved with their children’s school experience have better school success.
  4. Teach kids how to cross the bus safely. Getting to and from the bus can be more dangerous than riding it. Show your children how to board and get off the bus safely.
  5. Don’t let kids walk or bike to school alone. Think twice before letting your child walk or bike to school alone. Doing so could be considered neglect and put your child in harm’s way.
  6. Teach kids their phone number and address. Teach children their name, address and other important information so they are able to identify themselves and their parents if needed.
  7. Talk about stranger danger. Raise street smart kids by educating them about child predators.
  8. Ask the school about safety measures. Do you know how safe your child’s school is? Evaluate your child’s school security measures.
  9. Pay attention to Internet use. Monitor your child’s Internet use to help keep him safe online.
  10. Role-play situations. Role-playing with the kids can help prepare them for dangerous or uncomfortable situations.
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