Helping Your Child With a Disability Stay Safe
As parents, we worry about almost everything that could possibly harm our children. We do all we can to protect them. Teaching children about safety concerns includes teaching them about the potential of stranger danger or tricky people. Technology has become a huge part of most people's lives and comes with its own set of dangers. The following links provide tips and ideas for explaining these potential threats and information on how to keep everyone safe.
This link looks at the difference in terminology of stranger danger and tricky people.
Teaching a child on the autism spectrum about stranger danger can be complicated due to communication and social difficulties. The terminology “stranger danger” can have some negative repercussions, especially for kids with ASD who tend to be very rigid in their understanding of the world…
It is important for individuals with disabilities to be aware of potential dangers and to learn skills that allow them to protect themselves against people who might take advantage of them. This article uses role-play to show individuals how to respond appropriately to strangers: https://vkc.vumc.org/assets/files/tipsheets/strangertips.pdf
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in children’s increased online presence that may put them at greater risk of online exploitation.
NetSmartz is an online safety education program. It provides videos and activities to help children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and encouraging them to making safer choices.
Common Sense is an independent voice for kids, families, and communities everywhere. They rates movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, and more, so families can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. They give advice, tips and supports for families as they navigate the challenges and possibilities of raising kids in the digital age. It also supports and provides families with helpful tips and tools. Take a look at their website for some helpful tools: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/about-us/our-mission