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If you have children or watch children during the summer, you know that their play can take them far afield – perhaps no more than a few doors down the street, but a long way for a young child without direct supervision.

While kids need age-appropriate independence in order to learn and grow, they also need to know how to protect themselves. Help the kids you care for stay safe this summer by using the following safety tips, and don’t hesitate to contact an experienced San Jose injury lawyer if you need help protecting your legal rights after an accident.

  1. Name, address, phone number. Even young children should know their own full name, their parent’s full name, and their address and phone number. Older kids should also know the full name, address, and phone number of another trusted adult who can help.
  2. Using 911. Teach kids how to use 911 or the local emergency number. If they are scared or have a question, give them the name and number of another trusted adult who can help if you are not available.
  3. Know the neighborhood. Walk or drive around your neighborhood with kids, pointing out safe places they can go if they’re being followed or need help.
  4. Take a buddy. Encourage kids to take a friend when going someplace, such as to the corner store.
  5. Draw boundaries. Set clear boundaries for kids’ play within the neighborhood, such as “no further than this road.” Teach them to ask permission before heading outdoors.
  6. Make it okay to say no. Teach kids that it is okay to say “no” to anything that makes them scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Instead, they should ask a trusted adult for help.