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General Safety Tips for Parents


Teach your children:

  • Their full names, address and phone numbers, and how to use the telephone.
  • How to dial "0" for the operator.
  • To know whose homes they are allowed to enter.
  • If they become separated from you while shopping, go to the nearest checkout counter and ask the clerk for assistance.  Never go to the parking lot.
  • To walk with and play with other children.
  • Adults do not usually ask children for directions. If someone should stop in a car asking for directions, the child should ask for help.  The child should not go near the car.
  • If someone is following them, go to a place where there are other people, to a neighbor's home or into a store.  They should then ask for help.
  • They should know in whose car they are allowed to ride.  Warn your children that someone might try to lure them into a car by saying you said to pick them up.
  • Never tell any one over the phone they are home alone.
  • Never open the door when home alone.  Teach your children how to phone 911.  Make sure they know a neighbor to call if someone tries to get into the house or if there is an emergency.
  • To tell a parent if any adult asks them to keep a "secret."
  • No one has the right to touch them or make them feel uncomfortable.  They have the right to say, "no."
  • To tell you if someone offers them gifts or money or wants to take their picture.
  • To yell HELP, not just scream if they need assistance.