Kids come in all ages, abilities, and emotional and mental maturity levels. As you read this list, remember that not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular. Although these are listed as mental and urban survival skills for kids, the truth is they are relevant for most kids living a modern life, not just those in cities.
Some of these, particularly escape and evasion, aren’t things most of us need in daily life (sibling issues aside), but kids should use and practice most of these skills in their daily lives.
Mental and Urban Survival Skills for Kids
Cyber and Personal Security
1. Know who to trust with personal information
2. Recognize the sound of gunfire and know what to do if you hear it
3. Identify and know how to escape elevators and other potential “trap points” in your daily life
4. Online safety – not sharing personal information, etc.
5. Identifying dangerous people and groups online and where to find help
6. If the family has an emergency stash of food and supplies, know where it is and how to access it
7. Set goals and know how to achieve them
8. Be responsible for themselves
9. Develop problem-solving skills
10. Work hard: be a self-starter and a family helper, not a complainer!
11. Have a strong faith in something greater than yourself (live morally, memorize religious verses, pray, sing, etc.)
12. Stay calm
13. Manage boredom
14. Handle disappointment, manage anger, and overcome fear
Escape and Evasion
15. Conceal vs. cover
16. What to do if they ever get lost
17. Blend in when necessary
18. Where to hide if in danger, both inside and outside
19. Know where family and friends live if they need to find them
20. Where to find water and shelter in a city
21. Be aware of the nearest exit, and the next-nearest
22. How, why, and when to stay hidden
23. Assist an injured or otherwise handicapped person in getting to safety when there is no power
24. Money management – saving, spending wisely, balancing a checkbook, using a credit or debit card (and the differences between them)
25. Bargain and trade (kids naturally do this with their toys, so teach them at garage sales)
26. Hiding their assets and knowing how to find any “emergency cash stash” their family has
27. Identify items of higher value in different situations (e.g., batteries may become very valuable with the power out, but not with it running)
28. Basic unarmed self-defense
29. Shoot a slingshot
30. Make and use a basic weapon
31. Understand and use basic gun safety procedures, even if they can’t shoot
32. Shoot a gun, including basic eye and ear protection
Remember to check out these other kid-friendly skills lists:
- 32 Mental and Urban Survival Skills for Kids
- 32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able To Do ASAP!
- 32 Wilderness Survival Skills for Kids
- The 4 Top Survival Skills You Need to Teach Your Kids
How many of these have your children learned?