5 Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating in 2020

Kids have been in quarantine, denied face-to-face social interactions, and trapped for hours at a time in front of computers learning remotely. But now finally they have a reprieve—Halloween.  A holiday that is seemingly designed just for children. Some politicians suggest skipping Halloween this year because of Covid-19.

Nonsense.

Parents are under a lot of pressure to “normalize” their children’s lives and allowing kids to reconnect face-to-face with friends is essential. Watching a movie, doing a candy scavenger hunt, or dressing up the dog are enjoyable ways to spend time with your children, but right now my kids want to be outdoors, and they want see their friends. And that means Trick-or-Treating.  Chances are your children want to celebrate Halloween similarly and bring home as much candy as they can carry.

Here are 5 Halloween safety tips for trick or treating in 2020.

1. Adult supervision

Children under 10 should always be escorted by an adult while Trick or Treating, especially if they are carrying a cell phone that can be tracked by unknown individuals. Cell phones allow parents to keep track of their children; however, they also allow others to track your children as well. Whether it is a stranger or someone they don’t get along with at school, remember that cell phones can be a source of data that leads someone directly to your child.

2. Establish a point of contact

Have a conversation with your children about who the adult is they are reporting to.  And make sure your child understands that they are to report ONLY to that adult.  Remember, if an adult can use a phone’s location guide (for instance, using AirDrop) they may be able to identify the name of your child and use it to convince your child that they have been sent by you. Select a safe word or phrase that allows your child to always know if it is you that has sent a friend to pick you up. It will reduce anxiety for you and your child.


Lisa Strohmanhttps://drlisastrohman.com/
Dr. Lisa Strohman is an Arizona clinical psychologist, attorney, and founder of the recently established  Digital Citizen Academy, a prevention and diversion training program focused on eliminating core issues like cyber-bullying, child luring, and suicide. She is also a married mother of two children.

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