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Keeping Your Child Safe On Your Beach Vacation

Posted by in Travel: Vacation Packages  ~  July 03, 2012 08:29:45 AM

Going to the beach is one of the funnest things you can do as a family. Tragically, however, kids are snatched while families are on vacation all the time. Accidents happen, and kids are hurt while swimming or playing. Keeping your child safe on your beach vacation can be quite the challenge if you are not prepared. This article will help you to make those preparations and keep your child safe throughout your trip to the beach.

One of the biggest concerns in today’s society is child snatchers. Child snatchers have grown to be very smart and will take advantage of any opportunity to take your child. Though it is never good to be paranoid, it is important to be informed. The first step to keeping your child safe on your beach vacation is to make sure they know what to do in this situation.

Kids should be taught more than the simple 'don’t talk to strangers' mantra. They should know that strangers can include other kids, women, men, and even occasionally people posing as police officers. Child snatchers are known to dress up in an official looking uniform to more easily gain the trust of child. Explain to your kids that they should never talk with a stranger without you being present. Period.

Another important factor is the fifty foot rule. If you are in a public place such as a beach shop, beach, amusement park or anything similar, you should keep your child within 50 feet at a minimum. The reason? A child snatcher only needs a moment to be away with your child. Keep them close by.

Another danger when you take a child to the beach is drowning. Many parents every year allow their children to go wading into the ocean with not a care in the world. The truth is, the ocean is a dangerous place to be. Not only is there the danger of rip tides and general drowning, but there is also dangerous marine life. You should always accompany your children into the water and keep them close. Swimming alone is a very bad idea for children.

Sometimes Mom and Dad want to take a bit of time away from the kids on a beach vacation. This is understandable, but it should only be done when there is an adult to stay with the kids. The dangers in leaving your children alone in a hotel are well documented, yet parents still seem to not learn the lesson. Always keep your children with you, or with a responsible adult.

Finally, consider having your child wear a monitoring device. These kid monitoring devices are wonderful because they give you a specific way to zero in on a lost child. If you are careful to hide the device on your child, it can sometimes even help with a child that has been taken.

Keeping your child safe at the beach is much like you would do at home. When you are on a trip, however, it is easy to become distracted and make mistakes that you would normally never make. Take special care to keep your child close by, and always be aware of your surroundings. If you follow these simple steps, then your child will stay safe and happy on your beach vacation.