There is nothing more exciting than fun in the sun when school is out.
When long weekends or holidays are approaching, you and your children may want to make the most out of your downtime; whether it be camping trips, a drive to the beach, biking, hiking or just simple fun in the pool.
But while there is no issue with enjoying your free time, remember that safety should always be a top priority. We have compiled a list of tips for parents to keep their children safe, as well as some pointers for older children too!
Always let others know where you are going.
- Keeping your parents/guardians aware of your location can help you in times of emergency!
Ensure that you have credit or data on your phone.
- Don’t skip out on topping up your credit or putting data on your phone. This allows you to stay connected to people in case you need to contact them!
Make solid transportation plans.
- Ensure that you make concrete transportation plans for whatever event you are going to. If possible, ensure that either a trusted friend or family member can drop you home!
Supervision is key.
- Children need constant supervision, especially if they are below the age of 12 years! Ensure that you keep a sharp eye on children if they are around water (such as a pool), roads (like in parks), downward sloping hills or unfamiliar pets/animals.
Always leave your child/ward with a trusted adult.
- Sending your child/ward off to camps or other family residences during vacation season is a common practice in the Caribbean. If you are not able to personally supervise your child/ward while they are away from home, always leave them with a trusted adult!
Know who your child/ward is staying with!
- Sleepovers are a common practice that many children want to do. Before giving your child permission, take time to visit the family that your child would like to stay over by! Get to know the parents, the neighbourhood and the house. Then, if things seem sound, give your child/ward the green light, and if there are red flags, explain to your child why you think it’s not safe (maybe you can offer to host their friend over at your house instead!).
Don’t skip out on medicine or protective gear!
- When taking trips with your child/ward during vacation, always keep a bag stocked with all the necessary medicine for allergies, asthma or any other health issue that your child/ward may face. Additionally, ensure that your child/ward is equipped with all the appropriate protective gear that must be used during any physical activity, like helmets and knee or elbow pads!
Ensure your child/ward knows how to keep themselves safe!
- Ensure that your child/ward is aware of personal safety tips. For example, safely crossing roads, not speaking to strangers and not wandering off. Ensuring that your child/ward is aware of how to keep themselves safe is beneficial to their wellbeing and your personal comfort.
We wish you a safe and happy vacation time!