Child Protection Devices
Child protection and child safety are a consistent issue in modern society. High profile abduction cases, newsworthy accidents involving toppling televisions, falls from windows and fires seem to indicate that child safety is increasingly threatened, whether or not this is truly the case.
One thing that is certain is that there is an increasing awareness of child protection and that there are new child protection devices, alarms and other gadgets on the market every day. Some of these are worthwhile, and others are not.
Your Security Guide takes a look at some of these products and some of the measures parents and caregivers should be taking, including but not limited to consumer products. We discuss child transmitters, in home safety products and some general tips for keeping children safe.
Parental awareness can fall into three simple categories. These follow, with descriptions:
- Lack of or Insufficient Level of Awareness
In this attitude, parents are preoccupied with themselves or their work, sports, television, or other more self-defeating distractions such as drugs and alcohol. These parents are likely to be too dismissive of child safety issues and have few or no safety devices in their homes.
- Adequately Protective
In this attitude, the parent is rational about threats to child safety. As part of their protection against these threats, they are likely to purchase a number of relevant child safety products to supplement their own regular attention to their children.
In this attitude, parents are overly motivated by fear or insecurity. They purchase every new product on the market and instill fear into their children. The children are likely to mimic their parents' fear and insecurity.
Ideally, you want to find yourself in the second category. As you consider child safety products, consider the reasonable chances of your child falling victim to the accident protected against. Ask both yourself and your children questions like:
- Does my child need this or is my child too old for this product?
- Do we live in area where this product is necessary?
- Is the security created by this product out of line with the nuisance of it?
As a rule, it may be better to be over-protective of your children, but you need to be aware that this attitude can also have long-term negative effects.