6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe this Summer

Looking for ways to keep your kids safe and having fun this summer? Here's what a parent needs to know to tell you kids. from http://smartkids101.com

It’s almost here!

The warmer weather is creeping in, and before you know it we’ll be complaining about the heat. Just kidding. Sort of.

This new season brings with it all kinds of fun summer activities. Whether it’s playing, swimming or just hanging out with friends and family, something about summer just gives way to an easier, relaxed lifestyle. Here’s your permission to embrace it!

As your kids are exploring and inventing new summer activities to occupy their time, you can make sure they are familiar with the child safety rules meant to keep them out of harm’s way and enjoying all summer has to bring.

Here are our top 6 tips:

1. Responsibility

Make sure your child is equipped with the information needed to make responsible, safe choices. Child safety is so important!

Be clear on boundaries. Where is she allowed to go around your home? If your child is visiting a friend’s home, require her to call you when she is about to come home or head somewhere else.

For the younger kids, it’s also a good idea she knows her name, address, and phone number. This important part of child safety could help her if she gets lost.

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2. Stranger Danger

Have a discussion about stranger danger, if you haven’t already. Make it an ongoing conversation so your child is more familiar with the idea of stranger danger.

If you’re not sure where to start or want a refresher yourself on what to tell your child, check out our blog post on Stranger Danger. You’ll learn all the talking points to teach your kids about stranger danger — to make them aware of the guidelines for child safety without being afraid.

3. Bike Helmets

Whether kids are just forgetful or concerned about looking cool, bike helmets often get left behind. Oh no!

In many states, it’s the law for kids to wear helmets while riding bikes and skateboards.

Plus, your brain is too important to take a chance. So enforce the helmet policy with all kids on your property. Smart Kids have to protect those smart brains!

Smart Kids protect their smart brains. Enforce a helmet rule on your property this summer! http://smartkids101.com

4. Swimming Pools and Trampolines

These are fun summer activities, but they can present some challenges. Have personal contact between parents before hosting these summer activities or sending your children to friends’ homes to swim or jump.

All parents should be aware of the level of supervision, how long the kids will be participating, and what your house rules are. This way they can make informed decisions about their children’s involvement in these summer activities.

5. Sunscreen

You gotta do it. The sun is really strong — protecting against UV rays is a simple way to reinforce child safety! Spending lots of time outdoors, while great for overall health, can be damaging to skin. Dermatologists recommend reapplying at least every 2 hours because water and sweat tends to wash sunscreen away.

And be sure to check out the latest guidelines on what’s deemed a safe sunscreen — make sure your screen of choice provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It’s also good to look for formulas free of chemicals and other irritants. The EWG’s 2013 guide is a pretty great place to start.

Summer safety goes beyond stranger danger... sunscreen is another simple way to keep your kids safe this summer. http://smartkids101.com

6. Curfew

For older kids, be sure to set up and enforce a family curfew. Check with your local laws or call your local police department for information. Be sure you explain to your child what a curfew is and why you want to establish one. Getting your teens home safely at a reasonable hour helps everyone get the sleep they need!

With these 6 guidelines in mind, your family will be well on the way to saving a fun, safe summer!

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About Aubrey Hunt

Before hopping on the crazy ride we call motherhood, I studied engineering and taught math and science to middle and high school students. Now, perhaps like you, I fill my days singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider and praying my preschooler will eat a vegetable — any vegetable!

Comments

  1. Great list and good reminders. #typeaparent

  2. I would have to say that I’m guilty of not applying sunscreen, although I know I need to be more diligent. I think we’re just closer to the sun and we’re outside a lot more. These are great tips and I pinned! Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style Aubrey!

    • Aubrey Hunt says:

      I burn so easily that I pay for it if I forget to apply sunscreen… that’s my way to remember to put it on myself and my kids — because I know I’ll get burned (literally) if I don’t do it. Eek. Thanks for pinning!

  3. Great tips for moms, dads, and grandparents Aubrey!
    Thanks for helping us be summer wise at Project Inspire{d}!! Can’t wait to see what you bring to the party on Monday night!!

  4. This is a wonderful post and a great reminder. Thanks for linking you with us at countdown in style x

  5. Great tips! I think we all get so busy during the summer that we sometimes forget the basics.

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