Some resort to traditional ways and some rely on technology to assist their quest in locking the security and safety of their child.
Today, researchers have found some rather interesting and unconventional methods in providing the best peace of mind for concerned and confused parents dealing with the issue of the safety of their child.
It might sound like an extract from the Da Vinci Code but these rather easy and convenient modes of verbal interaction might prove to be a solution after all.
For example, the ‘Stranger Gift’ code is a scenario which designed to simulate a situation when children are approached by a stranger bearing a candy or gift. Emphasize to your child that their reaction would be to politely not accept the candy or any gift and to strictly do not provide their name or your home address.
Another example of a code is the ‘Stranger Scream’ scenario. If they are being forcefully dragged away by a stranger, they need to constantly struggle and scream as loudly as they can for help, “Help! Kidnapper!”
You can start with 5 scenarios that you think are the most common prelude to kidnapping and practice it with your child at home. At the end of each scenario, explain to your child the codes of communication and the reasons why he needs to react that way so that he will be determined to follow your instructions. Scenarios and the codes might help.
- Request your child to strictly let you know where he will be going and what time will he be going home with a unique code of time and location format.
- Ask your child to always say goodbye to you when he leaves as this would allow you to see what he is wearing before he left the house and that’s a good code of reference.
- Have him/her call you or text you once he is already at school or at a friend’s house safe. If you did not hear from him or you cannot contact him within a certain allowable time period and his friends cannot pinpoint his whereabouts, please alert the police. This shortens the time frame when a child has gone missing. Failure to response is also a code.
- Always inform your child’s school teachers who is supposed to pick him up from school. They might be able to provide a code of reference during emergencies.
- If the person picking your child up has been replaced, ensure that the school is also informed by this change. Have the school notify you if the authorized person was the one who actually picked up your child. Rather than using names alone as codes, try using references like vehicle plate numbers or even racial and physical identifications.
Your child can use these codes whenever there is an emergency or danger. If your child feels that he is in danger when he is playing at the park, he can use the code like, “I want chocolates now.”
You can change the code every now and then whenever it suits you with your child’s approval.
After all, when comes to the safety and security of your loved ones, its worth to go beyond and think out of the box.