From a very young age kids start learning all sorts of different stuff and it their parent’s job to ensure that they are on the right track. The best way to do this is to lead by example and not just by words. Obviously this is easier said than done obviously – but that should not be an excuse for not educating your children properly.
For example, the other day I was doing some stuff in my kitchen using my favorite immersion blender when one of my kids asked me if she could “play” with it. I didn’t want to say “no” to her, but I also did not wanted her to be messing around with an appliance like that around my kitchen.
So instead of giving a simple “no” as my answer, I had to go through a lot of explanation on showing her why playing with that toy was not a good idea and why I believed she would be better off playing with something else like her iPad.
On these cases, usually it is better to give your kid something else to play with because she will probably not just “stop” and do nothing – she will continue searching for something to do, so if you can fill that hole, so the better.
Obviously you do have to be careful and not discourage too much, it’s natural to want to play and explore. Safety is the primary concern but you don’t want to end up with your kids permanently transfixed by Netflix or the TV just because it’s the safest option.