Summer Survival Series: Become a Nosy Neighbor and Keep Kids Safe

Summer is a dangerous time for children with car accidents, pool drownings, dog bites and heat-related incidents to name a few.  As a journalist, I’ve covered several cases like this and know that they’ll likely be more. It reminded me that we have to watch out for each other. I came up with these suggestions to become a nosy neighbor to keep kids safe. If you have more suggestions, add them to the comments.

Summer Survival Series: Become a Nosy Neighbor and Keep Kids Safe ~

Drive slower in neighborhoods. Kids are on bikes, scooters and skate boards. Unfortunately, children will be hit by cars this summer and it takes all of us keeping a watchful eye for them.

Keep an eye out for strangers. Sadly, pedophiles know that children are outside this summer. We’ve has several reports in Atlanta of attempted abductions while children walked to a neighborhood pool. Know your neighbors, their cars and their kids. Familiarize yourself with what’s normal, so you know what’s out of the ordinary. One of the ways I connected with my new neighborhood when we moved was by 5 Helpful Sites to Visit When You Move to a New Neighborhood including the NextDoor App.

New Neighborhood

Join the Neighborhood Watch. Rely on your neighborhood watch group, a police officer who lives in your neighborhood or get to know your patrolman. See if the office will let you have a direct number to reach them in an emergency.

Make sure gates are closed and locked around homes with pools to prevent accidental drownings. I’ve realized why there are so many splash pads around Atlanta because they’re “safer” with no risk of drowning.

Keep a first aid kit by your front door/back door or in your car. If you hear screams from a hurt child who’s had a bad spill on their bike or fallen from a tree, grab your first aid kit and offer help.  Here’s a a look at the Johnson and Johnson First Aid Kit I keep handy and have a smaller version on my purse.

An ancient proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

A great online resource for more safety advice for kids is National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I interviewed the National Director about stranger danger shortly after the Cleveland kidnapping victims were rescued. Watch the webcast that also has information on keeping track of your children at amusement parks and festivals.

 In case you missed it, here are the previous stories with solutions to keep your family healthy and safe this summer.

Lost in an Amusement Park

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  1. Great suggestions! I’ve already told my neighbors that they have free rein to boss my kids around should they be doing anything unsafe!

  2. What a much needed post! I read about the child that was left in the car and it broke my heart! I’m going to pin this so that other parents will see it. In this day and age, it pays to be nosy!

  3. I read about the sweet baby who was left in the car and couldn’t believe it 🙁 That is so sad!! What a great list you have out together here!!! I will remember all of these one day when i have kids 🙂

  4. Great suggestions, Joyce!

  5. Thanks for sharing these great tips! We have to watch out for all the kids around us. It takes a village!

  6. What great suggestions. I need to refill the first aid kit we keep in the car. Its come in handy several weekends at baseball tournaments. We are hyper aware of strangers in our neighborhood since we had a rash of car breakins over the last few months (suspects were finally caught!).

  7. I’m a nosy neighbor & proud of it. Aint no shame in my game, gotta know what’s going on around us 24/7.

  8. Daniel and I started looking at where we will be living. I would love to find a community where people look out for each other. I am a huge believer in it takes a village to raise a child. These are great tips Joyce. My mom was a part of our neighborhood watch when I was little. It definitely gives you peace of mind.