The decision to let a child go alone to school or go out alone with his friends in the park, without being accompanied by an adult, belongs to each parent. Specialists believe that a child can handle alone on the street after the age of 10 years, but those who have the last word are parents. They will make the decision not only according to the age of the child, how responsible and attentive he is, but also according to factors such as the city in which he lives, the area he has to travel to, the place where he has to go, etc.
In order to prepare him for the moment when he will fly alone, several stages must be completed, because a child cannot anticipate the danger as well as an adult does.
How do you teach the little one to take care of the street?
Teach him to cross the street correctly
Do not let your child leave alone unless you know for sure that crossing the street is not a problem for him. Make sure he knows how to look left and right before crossing the road, as he only crosses the pedestrian crossing and only when the traffic light is green. It is not imprudent to cross irregularly when you are with your child, because he can copy your behavior. Teach him that even when he is in a group of friends, he should proceed exactly as you taught him, not to be carried by the waves and to cross the street without securing himself or through an improper place.
First, short roads
To prepare him for longer roads he starts with shorter ones, which do not represent danger for the little one, but which familiarize him with the exit of one. Thus, you can send him to buy something from the kiosk on the ground floor of the block or you can let him go alone to school if the educational unit is nearby.
If you are on vacation with your grandparents, for example, ask them to send them to the village store to buy something (if you know that it does not have a main road, where cars circulate). The fact that he can go alone will increase his confidence in him.
Find out who is out in town
If he goes out to town with his friends, ask him how many are and ask for their parents' phone numbers, you can contact them in case an unexpected situation occurs.
If he only goes out with his friends, make sure you always give him an hour back home. If you do not respect it, then you must talk to it, because you must understand that it does not play by such rules. Teach him to let you know if there is a change in where he needs to go, because you need to know where to take him. Tell him to call you or ask one of his friends to call you, if he no longer has a battery on the phone. Anyway, another precious rule is to not let him go anywhere without making sure he has enough battery on the phone, so you can communicate anytime.
Make sure he knows how to ask for help
Any parent must also be prepared for emergency situations, so make sure he knows how to ask for help. It is ideal to have a mobile phone from which you can call. It is best for the child to memorize the number of one of the parents and dial it if something has happened to him or he does not feel safe. As children can get lost very easily, it is good to make sure the little one knows the address you are living in.
Also, tell him that he can also ask for the help of an adult, if there is a policeman or a gendarme around him (teach him in advance to recognize the people in uniform who can help him). In the worst case, he can appeal to an adult who has a child next to him, for added safety. Children should never be encouraged to talk to strangers, because it is never known what their character is.
The child must know with and must not accompany any other foreign person anywhere and not accept sweets and any kind of drink from strangers. Also, teach your child to never get into a stranger's car, even if he tells you, for example, that one of the parents sent him to take him to school.
You can leave it in the park near the block
To prepare him to go alone to school you can, first, let him play alone in the park near the block or in the garden in front of the block. It is good to have a place where you can have direct eye contact with the child.
Talk to him
Talk to your child about the dangers the street can pose, tell them about the dangerous situations that may occur and how they can occur. To make sure he understood, resume the discussion and ask questions, within a few days of the first conversation on this topic. If you feel your baby is not ready, listen to your instinct and wait a little longer.
The child must know how to cry for help
One of the safest ways to overcome a danger is to let the little boy know how to scream. Teach him to shout "Help" out loud when he feels threatened, because it is one of the best safety rules. Also, encourage him to tell you his experiences when he went out only with friends his age or when he went to school alone, because you can discover situations that can endanger him.
Watch him out of the shadow
Once you have decided that it is time for your little boy or girl to go out into the world without you and you promised him, keep the promise. In the first days when a child goes alone to the store two blocks away or to school, it is advisable to go behind him, without noticing you. This way you make sure you know the traffic rules and that you do not cross the street through an illegal or unsecured place and you can see if you are talking to strangers.
Also, you can tell if he is scared, if he has a restraint, so you can talk to him when he gets home, but without realizing that you have watched him.
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