- Encourage your child to make decisions for themselves, for example, selecting what to wear depending on the weather and where they are going. Ask if what they have selected will keep them warm/cool/dry as appropriate. Be prepared to discuss and direct them, if necessary, towards a different selection.
- Provide opportunities for your child to go outside every day, whether to play or on the way to shops/park/school. Help them to explore your local area and how to travel safely between known places. Set a challenge for you both to find a new way to a familiar place, avoiding familiar routes.
- Talk with your child about how they think they can keep themselves safe in different situations, for example what to do if their ball rolls out onto the road, what to do if they find what looks like sweets on the grass in the park, what to do if their friend hurts themselves whilst out playing and there are no adults around.
- Talk to your child about their responsibilities for themselves and toward others when using social media and the internet. What are their views on how these are used? Perhaps find out more for yourself about safe and responsible internet use. Consider doing an online course or attend information evenings at school.
(Taken from Parentzone, Education Scotland)