In part one of our series on protecting children from predators, we covered a lot of ground. Specifically, we offered information on protecting children from familiar threats, on how to use home security technology to increase child safety and information on special GPS technology specifically designed for child tracking. If you haven’t done so already, we strongly urge you to read that post and use that information to increase the safety of your own children.
Continuing in this same vein, we now present you with more advice for keeping your children safe from predators:
Track Internet Usage
Young children’s Internet usage should always be strictly monitored. In addition to direct adult supervision, specialized software can be installed on your computer, which will block access to sites and advertisements that are not intended for children.
For teens who are allowed to use the Internet unsupervised and who have smartphones with internet access, you may find it necessary to take a more covert approach to their protection. Of course, doing so is up to your discretion as a parent, but those concerned about who their son or daughter may be communicating with online (and meeting offline), often use spy products to keep a watchful eye from a distance. From software that records keystrokes to equipment like the Recover It All-In-One Smart Phone and PC Monitoring Software (which gives access to a phone or computer’s history, including deleted files and messages), there’s no need to be kept in the dark if you believe that your child may be engaging in dangerous Internet activities.
Protect and Arm Your Children
By any means necessary, it is your job as a parent to do your best to keep your children safe from every possible danger. We all know this and we do our best to accept this responsibility, but there are situations which may cause us to feel powerless against outside forces. Especially since we live in a time where public mass shootings are happening far too often and where school safety means a lot more than the fire or disaster drills that we grew up with. In an effort to protect children from gun-wielding criminals, note that shielding your child with an Armored Youth Ballistic backpack may be your best effort. Created to protect children from bullets, this backpack is also every bit as useful for carrying books and school supplies, too, which means that it can safely and discreetly be worn everyday.
Older teens may also benefit from personal protection items, such as pepper spray or kubotan items like the United Defense Pen featured in our store. These items, of course, are only intended for individuals mature enough to safely handle them and adults are advised to have strong conversations with teens before allowing them to carry either one of these items. Used correctly, pepper spray and kubotan sticks can help give a targeted victim the upper hand in a physical struggle and possibly create an opportunity for them to safely flee.
Keep Communication Open
As mentioned in part one of this series, predators are not always strangers lurking in the darkness. Too often, they are people familiar to their victims, such as teachers, neighbors or even other family members. The ways in which these people harm children are not always readily apparent, either. Evidence of their crimes can be hard to detect and may continue over long periods of time. Often, the only way to rescue children from these predators is through clear communication from children, themselves.
Some of the ways in which you can help children expose these predators include:
- Creating an environment where children feel safe enough to speak up. This includes taking the time to listen to children without exhibiting anger, judgment and other negative emotions that may frighten, shame or intimidate children.
- Encourage children to always come forward with truth, even if they have been led to believe that they have done something wrong. Assure children that honesty is valued and reassure them that your love for them can never be lost or damaged– no matter what.
- Create an environment where children feel confident about discussing their feelings, even if those feelings include discomfort or the outright dislike of another adult.
- At appropriate stages in a child’s development, have open discussions about instances where you may have been harmed as a child or share the experiences of other children. In this way, children may discover that they are not alone in their own experiences and that these events can be discussed openly and without shame.
What Do You Think?
Did we miss anything in our series about protecting children from predators? What would you like to share with our readers on this subject? Which personal or home security products do you recommend? Are there any that would you like to learn more about in the future? Home Security Store blog is a place for us to come together to share ideas and advice on a variety of different subjects, including child safety. We hope that you will take the time to use the space provided below to discuss your important thoughts on this matter.