Archive for June 2011

Family Cell Phone Contract

Considering a cellphone for your Tween/Teen?  Then be sure to download this!   Savvy Parents Safe Kids Cell Phone Contract

Making your expectations clear about how you would like your child to use their phone is a good start. The Savvy Parents Safe Kids family cell phone contract can be a good place to start a cell phone safety discussion with your child.

Want to know if your tween/teen is ready? Check out the blog post from February 22nd that will help you determine if your tween is ready (or not!).

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By Kim Estes

 Summer is nearly here. Yet the weather can be fickle one moment offering us a promise of summer with a warm sunny day or bringing us rain clouds that seem more like we are in October still. As our days grow longer and the weather eventually gives way to sunny skies, we will be drawn to the outdoors and all the great adventures that summer has to offer. This is a great time to look at how your family’s safety needs have changed since last summer and begin to talk with your children about summer safety.

 Ages 2-5

  • Practice learning their phone number in case they get lost or separated from you
  • Practice finding a safe mom (or other grown up) with kids if they need assistance
  • Remind kids to make sure they have their safe grown up with them when talking to new people!

 Age 6-9

  • Review healthy boundaries and let them know that is it is OK to say “NO!” if someone is making them uncomfortable.
  • Remind them to check in before taking off around the block on their bike or skateboard.
  • Talk about who the safe grown ups are in their life

 Ages 10-13

  • Start looking at their readiness to stay home alone for short periods of time
  • If you are considering a cell phone for your child, summer is a great time to “practice” having this new tool and it will also allow for some of the novelty to wear off before school begins in the fall.
  • Remind them to take a buddy with them when they are out and about in the neighborhood.

 As always, continue to keep the conversation going with your kids and never use scare tactics when talking about safety. Keeping the conversation simple and short is best.

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Summer Safety Made Simple

Ahhhh! Summer

  • Summer time brings many new exciting changes as well as new surroundings and sometimes new caregivers.  Make sure every one has a clear understanding of what the rules mean and how they keep your family safe. Review. Review. REVIEW
    Ages 2-7:
    Practice with your child: 
  • learning your cell phone number.
  • Locating a “mom with kids”  next time you are in the store
  • using a “BIG VOICE” and let them know they can USE it when they are scared!!
  • Talking about the “uh-oh” feeling.
  • Identifying their “bathing suit areas” and let them know they are PRIVATE!
  • Remind them to always “Check first!”
    Ages 8-12:
  • Set limits of how far they can travel by bike or on foot.
  • Role playing “What if” scenarios, offer a non scary way to review safety situations with your child.
  • Discuss who the “safe grown-up’s” are that they can go to this summer, if you are not with them
  • Clearly define boundaries with your child.
  • What the “roles” are of the adults and caregivers are their life? (e.g. Outline what the camp counselors, coaches, nanny and babysitters “jobs” are this summer).)
    Tips for all ages:
    Spend time with your children and make sure that they know they can talk to you if something is wrong.
    Teach your children about safety in a calm and easy going manner. Never use scare tactics.
    Post the ” Super 10 rules for safety ” in a place where everyone can see them and learn them!
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