3 Tips to Keep Your Teenager Safe at School
04 Jan 2021
Your child’s first day of high school is a huge milestone for any parent. They have finally left kid school and are becoming a grown-up. Over the next few years, they will learn to be more independent, make new friends, and experience their formative moments.
As a parent, it can be a bittersweet moment. While you are no doubt delighted for them and pleased they have done so well, you are probably feeling sad that your little one is all grown up and worried about their safety.
Although secondary schools are generally safe places, your child may face some risks to their health and safety as they begin to navigate the great wide world. Unsavoury characters, cyberbullies, smartphone addiction, and the world of alcohol and drugs may all make an appearance as your child grows up into a teenager.
So what can you do to keep them safe from harm? Here are a few tips to help you.
Talk to them about the dangers
There are so many traps a young person can fall into when trying to fit in or look cool to their friends. They may not be aware of all the dangers, and therefore it is up to you to teach them. Before they begin school, it’s a good idea to sit them down and talk to them about the world. Discuss with them the risks of harmful substances, the internet, bullies, and anything else that might be causing you concern. It’s important that you don’t make this a lecture or your little one might resist taking the information in. Initiate a two-way conversation and this will also give your child an opportunity to raise any worries that might be bothering them.
Limit their phone use
Now that your child is walking or getting the bus to school all by themselves and hanging out with friends after school, they will no doubt need a phone so you can stay in touch with them at all times. Having a smartphone is clearly an advantage for this reason, but it poses a great number of risks to their health and safety as well. Devices and social media apps are becoming increasingly addictive, and overuse can lead to poor posture, sedentary lifestyles, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, impaired memory and cognition, and a range of other issues. It’s essential your child doesn’t fall into these traps. One way of doing this is to buy them a child-friendly phone that restricts their access to the internet and their ability to download social media apps.
Monitor their internet usage
What is your child getting up to on their phone when you aren’t around? Chances are, it’s nothing more than chatting to their friends online and posting selfies on Instagram, but you want to be sure. Children can be naive and lack the worldly experience you have, so they could easily fall prey to online grooming, cyberbullies, or scammers. One option is to choose an Android monitoring app that gives you a clear view of what they are up to at all times.