Safety is always a concern. Please consider the following in keeping your children safe:
TEACH your children.
- Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do.
- Reinforce the importance of the “buddy system.”
- It’s OK to say NO – tell your children to trust their instincts.
- Get INVOLVED.
- Know where your children are at all times.
- Your children should check in with you if there is a change in plans.
- There is no substitute for your attention and supervision.
- PRACTICE safety skills with your child.
Safety At Home: From the National Criminal Justice Resource Service:
- Children should know their full name, home phone number and how to use the telephone. Post your contact information where your children will see it: office phone number, cell phone, pager, etc.
- Children should have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.
- Choose babysitters with care.
- Make sure doors and windows lock securely, and that children keep them locked when home alone.
Safety In the Neighborhood:
- Make a list with your children of their neighborhood boundaries, choosing significant landmarks.
- Interact regularly with neighbors. Tell your children whose homes they are allowed to visit.
- Don’t drop your children off alone at malls, movie theaters, video arcades, or parks.
- Teach your children that adults should not approach children for help or directions.
- Never leave children unattended in an automobile.
- Children should never go anywhere with anyone without getting your permission first.
Safety At School:
- Be careful when you put your child’s name on clothing, backpacks, etc. If a child’s name is visible, it may put them on a “first name” basis with an abductor.
- Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help.
Safety Tips Between Home and School for kids:
- If possible travel with a friend – a group is even better.
- Stay alert.
- Keep both hands free and don’t weigh yourself down with lots of heavy bags – you need to be able to move easily.
- Trust your instincts – if you have a ‘funny feeling’ about someone or something, don’t ignore it, act on it straight away.
- Avoid danger spots like brushy areas, badly lit areas or anywhere where you do not have good all round vision.
- Walk in the middle of the sidewalk.
- Think about your route home. Where would be a safe place to go if something went wrong?
- Have your keys ready so you can get into your home quickly.