Your kids – please keep them safe. Teach them, register them (with a reputable company), set up location services, and love them unconditionally.
Teach your kids to be wary of strangers. Teach them to ignore strangers’ requests for their help, or offers of candy, and such. There are so many ways kids can be lured away – to help find a lost dog, a lost kid, or even his parents. Candy and treats should never entice your kids – they could be spiked, and it’s a way to get the child close enough to grab. Even people she knows could turn out to be dangerous (it keeps happening – a trusted figure is able to lure a child away). Keep them off social media until they are mature enough to handle it. There are many trolls who are looking for child targets. On that note, don’t post photos of your kids on social media because bad people are looking for those photos (and sometimes the photos are downloaded and used in other awful ways – given to human traffickers, used in propaganda, or other uses).
Take photos and fingerprints of your children. List all special or significant identifiers – moles, freckles, scars, piercings, teeth features, etc. A kit is available to gather the information, then kept in a registry, in case it’s ever needed (hopefully never).
Keep track of their locations, by setting up a parental GPS on their phone, by using an Amber GPS tool, and by teaching them to be honest with you on where they go (don’t punish them for being honest – let them know it’s better for you to know where they are, in case you need a starting point if you need to find them).
Let them know it’s all because you love them – you don’t want to lose them, or anything to happen to them. This is a different world we live in, and it’s full of dangers we never imagined could happen. Certainly, more and new dangers will continue to show up, sadly, but as technology advances, so do the workings of evil minds. We need to keep diligent and try to keep ahead of the dangers coming.
Be vigilant about your kids’ toys. They shouldn’t have parts that fall off, have parts that can be swallowed, weren’t made with toxic ingredients (be wary of cheap toys from China, for example), and keep them from screen play (play personally with them – keep them learning to be social, and keep the electronic radiation minimal on their little brains).
Keep medicines, firearms, machinery, and all dangers out of reach from children – lock up what could harm them. Secure furniture so none will fall over. Put outlet covers in place. Use common sense to keep your home safe.
There are so many dangers in the world for children, more than ever and growing. Be vigilant for them, protective of them, and teach them to advocate for themselves.