3 Threats Parents Need to Know About: Preparing your Child for Real-World Dangers

When I was a kid, I would roam the streets all day without a care in the world. In fact, most of us can probably remember running out the door as soon as the sun came up, and not returning home until the sun went down. These days, children face a whole host of challenges that were unheard of when we were young; and most parents have no idea what these challenges actually are.

Kids as young as elementary students are being exposed to things we never dreamed of, things like designer drugs, threats from internet predators, brutal gang violence, and even school shootings. Growing up in today’s world is not like the world we grew up in, and parenting a child these days means having to learn a whole set of skills in order to keep them safe.

Protecting your child from Internet predators and online threats.

Social Networks

The Internet is probably the biggest threat we face as parents. It’s like the Wild West for children; where there really are criminals and villains behind every corner. I don’t think most parents realize how dangerous this online world really is, and how clueless they are to what’s really out there.

By the time most children reach middle school, they have already been exposed to online predators, online pornography, and a wide range of threats that would make most adults cringe.

In order to ensure your child’s safety you need to take the threat seriously, and you need to keep up with what’s going on. While you’re worrying about things like Facebook, your kid is probably uploading Vines, seeing who knows what on Instagram and Snapchat, or taking part in hundreds of other social networks and websites that you’ve probably never heard of. These types of apps and social networks make it virtually impossible for a parent to monitor what’s going on, and these networks are often filled with predators who know they have easy access to vulnerable children.

 Just say no to drugs? They’re now for sale at your local gas station!

synthetic drug package

When I was a kid it was pretty easy; we knew what drugs were, and we all heard the infamous “just say no” drug commercials. These days it’s not quite so simple.

The shady drug dealers of the past are now working behind the counter of your local gas station or convenience store. A new world of designer drugs, which are completely legal in most areas of the country, are now being sold right next to the candy aisle. Things like bath salts, spice, synthetic marijuana, and various psychedelic chemical compounds are being sold in brightly colored packaged aimed directly at our children.

Smoke Shops & Vaping

Vape Smoking

Introduced as a way to help smokers kick the habit, e-cigarettes have become a $2 billion industry. Today, vaping is quickly becoming the most popular way for adults and kids to ingest these dangerous synthetic drugs. If you hear your kids talking about things like vaping, or using words like Spice, K2, Scooby Snax, Joker, Kush, Cloud 9, Klimax, or anything to that effect, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM!

Effects of Smoking Synthetic Drugs

Teaching your child to respond to School Shootings

Girl Shooting

Today’s public schools are much different than the public school system of even 20 years ago. Kids are facing an epidemic level of violence that has penetrated schools in even the so-called “good neighborhoods.”

Teach your kids to stay alert – One of the best things you can do to ensure your child’s overall safety is to let them know that these threats exist, and then teach them what to look out for. While I would caution you against going overboard in the fear department, today’s sick world highlights the very real need to talk to your children about the very real dangers they’ll face in life.

Teach your kids to run – I have a huge problem with how public schools treat active shooter situations. Most public schools have a policy known as “sheltering in place.” In my opinion, this is probably one of the worst things you can do during a mass shooting situation.

  • Teach your kids to look for their schools exits, doors, windows and anywhere they can take cover on their way to making an escape.
  • Teach them to head for an exit the moment they hear gun shots, or see signs that a shooting is about to take place.
  • If your child’s school has a lock-down policy, where they lock children inside the school and tell them to hide, you need to seriously rethink your child’s safety at that school. In my opinion, these lock-down policies make them sitting ducks.

Teach them to fight back – In the past, many experts suggested complete compliance with the shooter. But when you look at the reality of the situation, in most cases, these school shooters often kill anyone who is in their line of fire. Compliance is almost never a valid response. If they have no other option, then they need to know it’s alright to fight back.

9 Comments

  1. Jeremy Rivers
    February 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I think most cases if you can help it, you are better off perhaps teaching your kids at home. Besides at least they will not get indoctrinated by the schools special pro big brother education.

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      Off Grid Survival
      February 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      I agree!

    • MC
      February 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      I would be inclined to agree with this assessment. I’ll assume that they mean well, but the people making the decisions about safety in the public schools are thinking about the wrong kind of tactics (the political kind, as opposed to the kind that stand the best chance of getting your kids out alive).

      If you have the support and the wherewithal to do it, homeschool is the way to go.

  2. keebler
    February 20, 2015 at 5:29 am

    A friend of mine raises his grand son, school asked the Kid how many guns & what type ETC, grand son spilled the beans, about what friend has, then told g-dad when he came home, my friend angry & school for asking this, invasion of privacy,Guns are protecting his Family. now he’s afraid soc services will start messing with him.

    • Moman
      February 20, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Schools asking for this information is a HUGE red flag, they are NOT an enforcement group, and have NO RIGHT to do so, any answers given without consent of parent for child interview is invalid under the 4th amendment, as the precedent was already set with social services for this invasion of privacy.

  3. mrchrisgdotcom
    February 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I heard schools are telling kids to brings canned items of food goods to with them in their backpacks to throw at active shooters – STUPID!

    • SNIPER
      February 24, 2015 at 6:59 am

      WTF,,,how dumb can the leaders of our kids be, they need to keep thier eneducated mouths shut.
      kids to to lay flat on the floor and not move,,active shooters look for active targets.

  4. John
    February 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Great post!

  5. kuroiryu
    August 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I remember talking to school officials about their plans for protecting the students, shortly before removing my daughter from the system to home school her. They were rather secretive about their plans, probably considering the information should be limited to “need to know.” As a parent, I thought I qualified under this condition.

    The long and short of keeping children from becoming victims lies in the approach of teaching self-reliance, and this is something alien to public schools. There is almost a fear on the part of all levels of government to empower citizens to learn how to deal with life using their own initiatives.

    The worst case scenario in my view, is another Beslin. A well planned, well executed attack, by terrorists, that cost the lives of hundreds. This scenario is not being planned for by any school district I am aware of.

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