A police officer has gone viral for showcasing the rules she has put in place for her children to protect them.
There are so many things mums and dads have to be thoughtful of when raising a kid in this age.
While some want to let 'kids be kids', others are particularly vigilant with certain aspects of their child's life for their safety.
Officer Avilla, who describes herself on TikTok as a child sex crimes investigator, has instituted three rules to keep her kids safe.
The first one, which she admits has got her into trouble with other parents in the past, is no sleepovers.
She said in a video on social media: "You don’t know who’s there, or who could slip in during the night. Brothers, cousins, uncles, sisters...you just don't know."
Rule number two is a relatively new worry for parents and that's Snapchat.
Officer Avilla says she doesn't let her kids use the popular social networking app because she has a lot of cases where 'predators' use the app to zero in on a victim's location.
She added that loads of kids think Snapchat videos and pictures will disappear after a certain time period, but she says it can last a lifetime depending on who is watching the content.
The police officer has also put in a 'no kiss or hug' rule for other people when it comes to her kids.
She believes if the child hasn't consented to a warm hug from a family member or friend then they shouldn't be forced to go through with it.
She added: “I know that sounds really mean but it’s their body and if they don’t want to give a hug goodbye then they have the right to do that and to set boundaries."
In a follow-up video, she also called on parents not to ask their kids to keep a secret for them.
She differentiated between keeping a surprise and keeping a secret, with the latter being dubbed creepy.
The rules definitely sparked a big debate with some parents about whether they thought the rules were good or not.
One viewer wrote: "No sleepovers for me either. They're not allowed to stay at family either."
Another added: "Agree with 2 and 3 but sleepovers were a pivotal part of my childhood."
A third said: "Don’t hide them from reality it makes it worse in the future."
While every parent is free to raise their child the way they see fit in accordance to the law, it's always good to know other tips on how to stay safe.
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