25 ways to make kids safer
· Teach your children their full names, address, and home telephone number. Make sure they know your full name.
· Make sure children know how to reach you at work or on your cell phone.
· Teach your children how and when to use 911 and make sure they have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.
· Instruct children to keep the door locked and not to open the door to talk to anyone when they are home alone. Set rules with your
children about having visitors over when you’re not home and how to answer the telephone.
· Choose babysitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbors. Once you have chosen the caregiver, drop in
unexpectedly to see how your children are doing. Ask children how the experience with the caregiver was and listen carefully to their
ON THE INTERNET
· Learn about the internet. The more you know about hoe the web works, the better prepared you are to teach your children about the
potential risks. Visit www.NetSmartz.org for more information about internet safety.
· Place the family computer in a common area, rather than a child’s bedroom. Also monitor their time online and the web site they’ve
visited and establish rules for internet use.
· Know what other access your child may have to the internet at school, libraries or friends’ homes.
· Use privacy setting on social networking sites to limit contact with unknown users and make sure screen names don’t reveal too much
about your children.
· Encourage your children to tell you if anything they encounter makes them feel sad, scared, or confused.
· Caution children not to post revealing information or inappropriate photos of themselves or their friends online.
· 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.
If your children ride a bus, visit the bus stop with them to make sure they know what bus to take.
· Remind kids to take a friend whenever they walk or bike to school. Remind them to stay with a group if they’re waiting at the bus stop.
· Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it’s OK to do so in each instance.
OUT AND ABOUT
· Take your children on a walking tour of your neighborhood and tell them whose homes they may visit without you.
· Remind your children it’s OK to say NO to anything that makes them scared, uncomfortable or confused and teach your children to tell you
if anything or anyone makes them feel this way.
· Teach your children to ask permission before leaving home.
· Remind your children not to walk or play outside alone.
· Teach your children never to approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by parent,
guardian or other trusted adult.
· Practice “what if” situations and ask your children how they would respond. “What if you fell off your bike and you needed help,
who would you ask?”
· Teach your children to check in with you if there is a change in plans.
· During family outings, establish a central, easy-to-locate spot to meet for check-in’s if you get separated.
· Teach your children how to locate help at theme parks , sports stadiums, shopping malls and other public places.
Also identify those people whom they can ask for help, such as uniformed law enforcement, security guards and store clerks with nametags.
· Help your children learn to recognize and avoid potential risks, so they can deal with them if they happen.
· Teach your children if anyone tries to grab them, they should make a scene and make every effort to get away by kicking,
screaming and resisting..