Though some reports indicate that crime in West LA and other parts of the nation are lower than in the past, that doesn’t keep parents from worrying about their children every time those kids step outside. Parents and schools previously taught children about “stranger danger” and what to do when approached by a stranger, but the chances are greater that a child will suffer an attack at the hands of someone known rather than unknown. That is why adults need to look at new ways of protecting kids from different types of possible crimes.
One mistake that some make is that they teach kids to turn to any adult for help. This gives the child the idea that adults can do no wrong and that all adults are safe, which isn’t always true. A child may not tell anyone about a teacher’s inappropriate touching because the child thinks the teacher is always right. Parents and other adults need to teach kids what is good and what is wrong. They can then focus on teaching those children that they can talk to their parents about anything that is wrong.
Using a tracking app is another way to keep kids safe, especially older and younger children who regularly carry cell phones. Many companies now make apps that parents can download to phones and other devices. Some cell phone carriers offer similar tracking systems too. Parents have a user name and password that they can use to access the app and see where the phone and the child is at any given moment. These apps update quickly, and many have a real time feature that shows those watching each time it moves. Parents can use these apps to keep track of their children and find kids who go missing.
Parents and teachers should also talk to younger children about the consequences of their actions. Kids often have a hard time seeing the connections between two actions or activities. They watch television shows and movies that feature actors doing bad things and getting rewarding. Parents need to make it clear that kids should not idolize criminals and that committing crimes can lead to jail time and other penalties. Raising kids today is hard, but there are things that parents can do at home and teachers can do at school to protect kids from violent and other types of crimes.