Family Safety Night
Empower your family with a fun night of safety!
First, gather the items listed below to use during your Family Safety Night:
- The whole family – Set the tone when you talk to your kids about safety, it doesn’t have to be scary, it should be fun.
- Food – Tonight is a good night to order in so that everyone’s focus is on the information and not the preparation!
- Optional – Make a personal ID kit. You will need: Q-tips, paper bags and labels, camera (digital or regular), tape measure, scale, computer and paper/pens.
Once you have all these things, you are ready to have a fun night of learning about safety, gathering invaluable information and connecting as a family.
Topics to Discuss on your Family Safety Night:
Ask some basic questions about safety in your home to make sure everyone has the same information. You can even make a game out of it. Ask questions like: Where is the first aid kit and fire extinguisher? Where would we meet for severe weather?
Here, you can discuss everything from bike helmets to seat belts. This is a good time to have conversations about personal body safety. Talk to your children about their gut instinct or their “uh-oh feeling.” Children should be told to respond to their own gut instinct and tell a parent or trusted adult if a person or situation makes them feel uncomfortable or afraid. Play some “What If” games to encourage problem solving in a non-threatening way. Try, “What if we were separated in a store?” “What if someone asked you to keep a secret from your parent?”
Talk to your children about protecting their online footprint. Make a list of the online rules and cell phone expectations that your family agrees to follow. Visit netsmartz.org to get additional information and sample Internet family safety plans.
Five trusted adults
Make a list of five trusted adults who your children could call in case of an emergency or if they needed to talk about a problem. Let your children call the different adults to ask if they would be willing to be on a contact list. Post the phone numbers of the five adults next to the phone. If the children are older, add these important numbers to their cell phones.
Personal ID kit – (optional)
Take a head and shoulders picture of each family member and record their age, height and weight. Take DNA of each family member: firmly rub the inside cheek with Q-tip for 10 seconds, place on paper to air dry, then place in a zip-lock bag. Put this bag inside another bag. Label the outside bag with name and date and store in your freezer. Remind your children that just like a snowflake, each person is unique. End your night talking about the traits in each family member that makes them unique and special.