Youth should feel safe at home, school and in the neighborhood. Feeling safe at home has a large impact on both the internal and external development of children. A nurturing home environment includes a genuine and understanding parent-child relationship, where youth are able to openly discuss their thoughts and feelings. It also incorporates a secure area where they are able to feel trusted and independent. Although parents should monitor their children in some way, they should also allow them some amount of privacy and enforce a sense of confidence. In a secure school climate, students should be able to feel as though they are supported throughout their decisions. Teachers, counselors, and other staff members should establish a relationship that allows them to do so. A secure neighborhood should implement an environment in which the youth feel comfortable going about their everyday activities.
Tips to Help You Implement Asset #10: Safety
- Be an “askable” parent, so your child learns they can tell you about things that concern them, especially personal safety issues.
- Give practical suggestions on how your child can be safe in specific circumstances.
- Reassure your child that your goal in life is to keep him or her safe.
About the Asset-a-Month Program This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. The goals of the YMCA of Silicon Valley Asset-a-Month program are to help align adults throughout our diverse community in their efforts to promote positive youth development by fostering developmental assets. For more information about the Asset-a-Month program, contact Project Cornerstone at 408-351-6482 or firstname.lastname@example.org .