A Door can be a Lifesaver or a Danger... how will you teach your kids to respect a door?
A simple door can be used in both positive and negative ways.
The most common reason we talk to our kids about a door, is to teach them about the doors to our homes. We teach them to not answer the door to strangers, and to keep the door locked at all times. We make sure that they have their key hidden in a safe place and how to use this key on the door.
These are some of the most common teachings surrounded by staying at home alone, also taught in our Home Alone with First Aid Courses. Another reason to teach our children to respect the doors to our homes is to describe that the moment you open that front door and there is a stranger who is there with the wrong intentions, they can easily wedge their foot in the door to make it very hard for you to close it again. If they get themselves inside your home and close the door again, this can lead to a very difficult time for your child.
However, we also teach about doors in several other ways. There are doors on cars and vans. So, when a child is walking past a car in a parking lot or a van, where the door to the van slides open so you cannot even see that the door is open, it takes 1 second for a stranger to pull them into a car, or into a van and close the door behind them. It is then much easier for them to hide you from the outside world and it is much harder for others to hear you cry for help. So with this said, it is important to avoid parking lots, parked cars, driveways or any other areas where there are many parked cars. These are some of the details that we teach in our Stranger Danger; Internet Safety & Bullying 101 course. Some parents may know to teach these skills, but others may not even realize that these are ways for strangers to do bad things.
How about doors in apartment buildings or hotels? These are doors that really scare me. When a child is walking down a hallway in a building, once again as described above, a door may be open and the child doesn’t even realize it, until a stranger reaches out, pulls them in and again it can happen in a split second without anyone seeing. Again, the stranger is inside a closed door with you, where you may not be able to cry for help, and it will now be much harder for you to get away. It is very important for a child to never be left unattended in a building.
Elevators are another cause for concern. Again, when a child is in a building where there is an elevator and they are travelling alone, it is so easy for a stranger to pull them onto the elevator, stop off at their floor, take them to their room and take them again behind a closed door.
The reason why a closed door is so powerful is because the stranger now has some time to figure out what they are going to be able to do next, without being seen. This is where the words, Seconds Save Lives comes into play. Just a few seconds of making the right choice can change a situation so easily. Seconds do save lives. We do not want to give these precious seconds to a stranger.
Stay safe friends.
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