Dressing up as ghosts and ghouls makes Halloween a lot of fun for children. But seeing the nights get darker can make it a scary time of year for parents. That’s why we’ve put together these tops tips to help you keep your little monsters safe.
1.Make sure they’re with a responsible adult you trust.
2.If you’re not the lucky one taking them trick or treating make sure the children tell you WHERE they’re going, WHO they’ll be with and WHEN they’ll be back home.
3.Always give your contact details (address and telephone number) to the adult taking them out trick or treating.
4.Get the children to add some reflective strips onto their costumes, so they can be seen better at night time.
1.Make sure they have your contact details and call you if anything/anyone bothers them.
2.If they’re off to knock on doors and visit different homes – it’s a good idea to make sure they’re people they trust.
3.Tell them unless they’re getting sweets from knocking on doors, they shouldn’t accept any other treats.
4.Tell them to just say “no” very firmly, if anyone tries to get them to do anything they don’t like.
For more tips about keeping your children safe while they're out alone, visit the NSPCC website.
The internet is part of everyday life more than ever – from games, to chatting with their friends and even doing their homework, your children are constantly online. The World Wide Web is an amazing place, but there are also risks to deal with online.
That’s why the NSPCC has lots of practical tips on how to keep your children safe online. That includes advice about how to set up parental controls, conversation guides for parents to talk to their children, and Net Aware, a fantastic online tool which reviews the most popular apps and platforms used by children so you know if they’re safe.
1.Be open with your children about the risks they face online by having regular conversations
2.Be aware of how your children use the internet and check in with them
3.Set up parental controls to protect them from any inappropriate content
4.Learn more about games and social media they use so you can be informed if any problems arise
5.Don’t forget about their phone as their laptops aren’t the only way they surf or communicate online
6.Tell them that they can always talk to you if they have any worries and make sure you make time to listen to them
Visit the NSPCC website for more information.