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My Recent Wake Up Call

Twice last week I left my twelve-year-old and ten-year-old alone after school for a few hours. No different than other weeks, and not unlike parents of millions of children around the country. I consider them old enough to be home safely, following my established safety rules and with neighbors nearby in case of emergencies, until I get home just a few hours later.

So you can probably imagine my surprise when twice last week I learned they had opened the door for strangers – service call personnel. Luckily, they were nice people that turned and left our home upon learning that I was not home.

This could have turned out very differently. If either of these individuals were bad people, pedophiles, ill-intentioned, or worse, my kids might not be in the other room right now. I am very thankful that it turned out well.

I am also thankful for the reminder that kids need on-going safety and prevention education. Honestly, I haven’t talked to my kids about our safety rules in a while. Maybe I think because of what I do for a living they somehow “get it” and I don’t need to have those continual conversations with them. I learned last week I was very wrong. I hope every parent that reads this post will learn from my recent “wake up” that they also need to have those continual conversations with their own kids.

We hear it said over and over, “adults are responsible for keeping kids safe,” and we agree completely. But we also know we can’t be with them 24/7 so we must educate and empower them to help protect themselves. And we do that by talking to them and teaching them. Not once, not a few times, but continuously.

Together anything is possible!

If we all work together – parents, schools, and community members – we can be very effective at teaching them and protecting them. MBF Prevention Education Programs work to do just that – educate and empower children. It teaches children and teens (K – 12th grade) about personal safety, bullying, child abuse, and exploitation prevention. These programs are easy to implement, developmentally appropriate and engaging for kids.  The curriculum concepts are reinforced by teachers and parents with activities and learning strategies designed to foster ongoing communication and continued learning for kids.

The strategies used in MBF Prevention Education Programs can be used by all of us in our every day lives to better protect our kids.  We can teach our kids important safety concepts, start young, reinforce skills previously taught, and build upon them as our kids get older.  Most importantly, we can continue the conversations and learning activities day after day, as opportunities present themselves, and as we learn things our kids need to know to educate and empower them to better protect themselves.

Some things are blessings in disguise I suppose. I guess it’s time for me to get busy talking about these things with my kids.

Review the MBF 5 Safety Rules today with the kids in your life. You can also educate and empower yourself to prevent child abuse, bullying, and other types of child victimization by taking one of our FREE one-hour online courses HERE.

 

 

 

 

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There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.

The MBF Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.

I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.