How safe do you think your child is?
In the event you feel as if he or she could be safer, will you take the necessary steps to make that a reality?
For many parents, they get consumed with work and their commitments running a family. In doing so, they can miss some vital warning signs of trouble. When they do, it can be too late in some cases to fix a situation.
So, where does your child most need protection?
Be Cognizant of Your Child’s Needs
In looking to see where your child might be most vulnerable, focus in on these three areas:
- Online – Do you know what your child does when they’re online? Even if you have Internet rules in place, can you be sure your child is sticking to them? Once your kid is old enough to know their way around a computer, the places they could visit online are endless. That said you should have some kind of protection plan operating. That plan can protect your child both online and offline. What if an identity theft thief got a hold of your child’s Social Security number? A lot of damage could occur over time if that was not caught. While you may not think of your child’s credit history given their age, trouble could be on the horizon. Whether you opt for LifeLock Junior or another such plan, find one that best suits your child’s needs. You also want to make sure your kid never gives out personal details while online. This includes where they live, go to school, where you work and more. Identity theft thieves and others with bad intentions can be trouble for your child and you.
- School – Is your child enjoying their current school setup? Unfortunately, too many kids are unhappy with where they go to school. Although some have no choice in where they can attend, others may have different options. If you see your kid struggling with their schooling, sit down with them and get to the bottom of the matter. Having struggles can have consequences not only now, but later with college. It may not even be their studies that are the main issue. Does your child have an issue with one or more students? If so, it may even lead to physical violence at some point. Make sure you have an open line of communication with your child so you know exactly what is going on in their life.
- Health – Last, how healthy is your child? There’s always the chance he or she is not getting the proper nutrition and exercise they need. First, make sure your son or daughter sees the family doctor on a yearly basis. Second, review their diets to see if they are receiving a well-balanced diet. You also want to make sure exercise is an important part of their life. When you do all these, your child is less likely to get sick and even deal with some form of depression.
Keeping your child as healthy and happy as can be should always be your top priority as a mom or dad.
So, how protected is your child?
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