There are things outside that can be risky, but keeping kids under house arrest has risks to their health & wellbeing both short & long term.
While we should undoubtedly be aware of the potential — but usually rare — hazards of letting kids play outside, we also need to pay attention to the much more prevalent dangers of not letting them play outside!
Teach your child what to do in emergencies, including:
– how & when to call the police, fire brigade or ambulance
– practice making emergency calls so they learn what to do when they’re young & continue the awareness as they grow
– how to contact you or a friend, relative or neighbour if you are not available & where those contact details are kept.