Here is a great contribution from Milos Pesic, an expert on child safety.
Many people think that child safety does not need to be worked on or something that can be done in just a matter of clicks. Child safety is every parent’s and guardian’s responsibility. It is a responsibility that demands as much attention and commitment as possible. And it is for this reason specifically that the concept of child safety planning is considered.
On the most basic, child safety planning has something to do with setting the appropriate set of rules and guidelines that can be used to oversee your child and everything that surrounds him or her. The set of rules and guidelines should be organized and structured according to the time and space needed for your child to act normally. The planning is important as this will prepare you to act according to what is safe for your children.
However, child safety planning is not as easy as you may think. It involves effort and time figuring out what would be best for your child’s safety. And, it can’t be done easily without knowing the real condition or problem in the children’s environment.
A child may have problems that could be physical, mental, or emotional. Whatever problem is plaguing the child leaving you worried, it is best to determine them as early as possible, which child care specialists suggest.
It is also important to be clear as to who you need to protect. It could be your child or other children. Note that minors tend to act according to what they will enjoy, without knowing if the situation will be best or safe for them or not. It is exactly here where the responsibility of parents for child safety comes in. The parents are then needed to supervise their children in the best way possible, be it something related to changing behaviors or disciplining a child.
When planning for child safety, it is also a wise idea to pinpoint exactly when and how the problem occurs. This of course may apply to those that are predictable. Perhaps the best way to make this happen is to observe your child and monitor his or her actions. In relation to this, it is great for every parent or guardian to determine who will be involved in the child safety plan. Remember that when planning, there are some instances that you may need help from other responsible individuals. Try to share your child safety plan with professional caregivers, or even with those babysitters who are just working short term. You may be surprised as to how much great ideas they can contribute to make your child safety plan work.
Consider a time limit for your plan. Ask yourself how long will the plan be in place and how often will you reassess it. Do your best to make your child safety plan work.