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Physical abuse can occur on a daily basis for many children today. It may start with insults, threats, teasing and bullying and eventually progress to physical abuse. Your child can also find themselves in a life threatening situation where they may need to act fast. The following tips will help ensure their safety and give them a fighting chance to their survival.
Mustering the confidence to shout “help” or “fire” can gain the attention of the public when your child is met with a life threatening attack. This can allow them enough time to regroup, gather their thoughts and quickly escape the dire situation. This can also alert people within shouting distance of an emergency, so they can help your child and call the local law enforcement officials for back up.
Wherever the physical assault is occurring, your child is going to have to act fast and seek a safe area for refuge. If the physical attack is happening inside the home, your child should choose a room that has a window or phone where they can call for help. Areas to avoid include closets, bathrooms and rooms they will be unable to quickly escape in. If your child is being physically assaulted outside, they can run to a well-lit home or business. Dangerous areas include darkened alleyways or abandoned buildings.
A tightly knit community can help provide a safe environment for your child in case of an emergency. If they are being hurt or physically harmed, your child needs to know the homes in the neighborhood that they can turn to for help. They can also find safety by turning to a police or fire official if someone is chasing them down. If they have already been a victim in an attack in cities like Los Angeles, New York, or Orlando Criminal Team forces can assist you with taking all the necessary precautions to protect your family.
Devise a Plan
During a physical assault is not the time for a child to learn how to fend off an attacker. You need to implement a plan and practice it with your child. You don’t want to make your child afraid, but you need to alert them to the dangers that exist in the world today. Someone who is prepared and knows what to do in case of an emergency has a better chance of survival and fighting off the criminal.
Children both young and older can learn how to protect themselves through self-defense types of classes. This is especially beneficial for girls and children who are shy and easily intimidated. Karate, UFC fighting, boxing and other types of classes can be both fun, competitive and a valuable tool that can prepare them in case of an emergency. The police department and park district also have classes geared toward children that can give them tips for what to do in case they are physical attacked.
Knowledge is power and implementing a plan to provide your child with the wisdom and tools to fend off an attacker can save their lives. In case they are faced with an emergency, they will know how to respond and have a better chance of making it out alive.
This guest post was written by Giovanna O’Neal. She is a mom who understands how important it is to keep children safe. As any Orlando Criminal Team can probably attest to, there have been sex crimes committed against children as they traveled alone to and from school. Safeguarding children is a must, and sharing tips is a small price to pay for such safety.
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Giovanna O’Neal is a freelance blogger and full time concierge to her three children. She is an active parent volunteer and an avid lifetime learner who enjoys sharing useful resources and tips to almost anyone she comes in contact with.