As a parent, there are plenty of things to worry about. After all, it’s a parents job to ensure that their child is safe and happy. It’s natural to worry about what could possibly go wrong when you’ve got such responsibility for your children’s well-being.
So, what do most parents fear the most? Here are some of the top fears that American parents have.
Getting Into An Accident
As many as 30% of Americans have fears about their child being injured in an accident. Since car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the world, it’s no wonder it crosses so many parents minds.
In addition to car accidents, there are also other accidents which are of concern. Whether it’s falling off of a high surface, drowning while swimming, or even getting poisoned by ingesting something dangerous, the world is full of risks.
The best way to decrease the chances of your child getting into an accident is to be as cautious as possible. Buckle up, wear protective gear when necessary, and keep an eye on what kind of materials and products they have access to.
Once upon a time, parents didn’t have to worry about who was lurking behind their child’s screen. The only predators that people had to worry about were visible threats. However, nowadays, the internet is full of invisible predators who you may not even see coming.
It is not uncommon for children to be targeted online without their parents knowing it. The best way to avoid your child being a victim of online abuse is to monitor their internet use and block certain websites. Educate yourself about your sharing and privacy settings and keep an eye on your child’s behavior.
One of the hardest parts of growing up is trying to find a place amongst peers. Statistically, children will encounter some kind of bullying within the first 12 years of their lives, whether it happens to them directly to them or someone that they know.
While you can’t go to school with your child and fight the bullies yourself, you can teach them how to defend themselves and how to communicate with them. Teach your children the importance of kindness, and stay aware of any changes in behavior when they come home from school.
All it takes is watching the news a few times to see that kidnapping is a very real fear. Many parents worst nightmare is the idea of someone coming and taking their child away from them forever.
For your peace of mind, children should always be accompanied by an adult until they are old enough to understand the dangers of strangers. It’s usually about the age of 13 or 14 when they are responsible enough to walk to school or go somewhere alone. However, not every family has the same rules.