Halloween is coming up this weekend and while it's an exciting time for children, parents should be extra careful about their safety. Now we aren't saying no one should go outside and collect some delicious candy, but there are definitely a few things you can do to make sure your kids stay safe.
As eager as you may be to show off your child’s costume, don't post pictures or statuses in real time on social media. This is an easy way for predators to pinpoint your exact location and what costume your child is wearing, making it easier for them to lure your child away.
Don’t broadcast your plans on social media. If you post that you’re going to a party, taking your child trick or treating, etc. it lets people know when your house is going to be unoccupied.
Make sure your children know never to go into anyone's house. Predators might ask the child to come inside and wait while they "go get more candy." Tell your child to let you know and immediately move onto the next house. And teach your child never to approach a house that is not well-lit.
Make sure your child is supervised at all times by you or someone you trust. Know what route your children are taking to trick or treat and impress on them how important it is not to diverge from this route.