While we pray that the unimaginable never occurs, it never hurts to be prepared. However, because we cannot control this, it is critical that we educate our children from an early age on how to respond, behave, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

Around the age of three, you should start teaching your children what information they need to know in case of an emergency. They won’t remember everything right away, so constant repetition and practice are essential. This may be accomplished through entertaining games like role play, a game of memory, or even just a question-and-answer session.

  1. Parents’ or relatives’ names, addresses, and phone numbers

Teach your children their parents’ entire names, and full addresses, including the city, and at least one parent’s mobile phone number. That information will come in helpful if your child becomes missing or is involved in an accident. It is a good idea to assist children in memorizing the phone number of the parent who is more likely to be available or the number that is simpler to remember. Use a toy phone or recite the phone number in a sing-song way to practice.

  1. Teach your children when and how to make emergency phone calls.

Your child should understand what an emergency is and how to contact 999 on both landline and, more crucially, a mobile phone, which is more difficult since he must be able to reach the emergency screen on your cell phone without assistance. Tell them what personal information is required and that it is OK to share this information with a stranger in this case only. Familiarize youngsters with emergency circumstances through role-playing to help them exercise their knowledge and prevent worry or anxiety in the event of a true emergency. Practice multiple times a year to ensure that your children are as prepared as possible in the event of an emergency.

Make sure your phone is registered to your address so that emergency services can respond if a youngster dial but does not speak.

It is a good idea to maintain an emergency phone list taped inside a cupboard or in a location where your youngster may quickly get it.

  1. Your child should know what to do in the event of a fire.

Fires are one of the most prevalent crises involving children, and children under the age of four account for more than half of all fire-related deaths. Make sure your children learn about police officers and firemen from a young age.

Again, simulating emergency scenarios and forcing children to problem solve their way through them can help them feel more at ease and competent in real-life problems. As part of a fireman game, practice escape routes around your house and let them know who they may turn to for assistance. You don’t want to terrify your child or make the possibilities sound like a horror movie, but you do want to make sure they understand the hazards of fire and that they should never hide under a bed in case of a fire, but rather locate an evacuation route and shout for assistance.

  1. Medical information

Teach youngsters to identify allergies and medical issues in themselves and their family members. Explain in simple words what symptoms to look out for and when to call 911. If the child has a medical issue, it is critical that they wear a medical bracelet.

  1. Your child should know what to do if approached by a stranger

First, consider if your youngster truly understands what a “stranger” is. Even though children understand that they should never travel with a stranger, they may be confused about what a stranger looks like or does. Stranger is defined as someone unfamiliar to your kid who approaches them for no apparent reason (unless your youngster is clearly in crisis, has been in an accident, or is lost), whether male, female, nicely dressed, or extremely courteous – it doesn’t matter – anyone might represent a hazard. Explain to your children that grown-ups do not ask tiny kids for aid; rather, they ask other grown-ups, and that if they are approached and feel threatened, they should flee and scream.

6.If your child becomes gets away from you, they should know what to do.

You should start talking to your toddler about the potential of being lost. Teach your child who they can trust if they become separated from you in a public place, as well as how to identify “safe” people (such as store clerks, parents with children, and police officers/security officers) if they become lost. You can practice these tips with your child while out and about by asking which of the adults around you he would approach in such a situation.

Tell your youngster not to search for you if they are separated. The greatest thing they can do is stay precisely where they are so that you can locate them.


Article by

Rose .A. Milani,

Parent Coach and Registered Mental Health Counsellor

Based in Melbourne, Australia



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