7 Safety Tips for Children

Share these rules with your children

 


· Before I go anywhere, I always check first with my parents or the person in charge. I tell them where I am going, how I will get there, who will be going with me, and when I’ll be back.

 · I check first for permission from my parents before getting into a car or leaving with anyone, even someone I know. I check first before changing plans or accepting money, gifts, or drugs without my parents’ knowledge.

 · It is safer for me to be with other people when going places or playing outside. I always use the “buddy system.”

 · I say “NO” if someone tries to touch me in ways that make me feel frightened, uncomfortable or confused. Then I go and tell a grown-up I trust what happened.

 · I know it is not my fault if someone touches me in a way that is not O.K. I don’t have to keep secrets about those touches.

 · I trust my feelings and talk to grown-ups about problems that are too big for me to handle on my own. A lot of people care about me and will listen and believe me. I am not alone.

 · It is never too late to ask for help. I can keep asking until I get the help I need.

 

TO HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD

 

  1. Don’t let your child wear clothing with his or her name on it. A child will tend to pay attention to anyone calling him or her by name.
  2. Videotape and take photos of your child two or three times per year, including profile shots.
  3. Do not leave a child unattended while shopping, visiting with neighbors or friends, or running errands. Under no circumstances should you leave a child alone in a car or truck.
  4. Make sure your child always checks with you before going anywhere with anyone.
  5. Make sure your child learns his or her address and phone number at an early age. A second phone number of a friend or relative is also helpful.
  6. Teach your child how to make a collect phone call, and to begin with “Operator…I’m in trouble; I need your help.”
  7. If your child is a latch-key kid, make sure that he or she knows to keep all doors and windows locked, never let anyone know that he or she is alone, and never let anyone in the house, not even someone claiming to be a police officer or from the fire department. Those kinds of professionals know to forcibly enter in case of an emergency.
  8. Have your child fingerprinted (SafeSam ID-Kits are available from Child Search®).
  9. Know whether your child is left or right handed.
  10. Keep a written record of all birthmarks, scars and identifying features, like moles or freckles.
  11. Keep a growth chart of your child; know his or her height.
  12. Make sure your child knows to scream and run if approached in an alarming way by anyone. Your child should be taught to ALWAYS tell you immediately if he or she is approached by a stranger who asks for help, offers candy/gifts, or frightens him/her in anyway. Your child should know to make you aware of anytime he or she feels uncomfortable with ANYONE.

 

WAYS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD WHILE HE OR SHE IS ON THE INTERNET

 

· Personal supervision is the best way to protect your child while he or she is online. For those times when personal supervision is not possible the following rules are suggested:

 

  1. Make it a condition of use that your child must always ask your permission before using the internet. 
  2. Teach your child to never give out personal information online including pictures of anyone. Other personal information that should never be given out online includes real names, age, race, address, city, telephone number(s), names or location of his or her school (including the name of the school’s teams), family income, names of friends, passwords, credit card information. Information you send or receive over the internet is NOT private.
  3. Be SURE that your child understands that he or she should NEVER enter chat areas or have private chats without your permission.
  4. Your child should be taught that if someone says or does something that frightens him or her, he or she should not respond to that person, but tell you right away. Your child should know to make you aware of anytime he or she feels uncomfortable with ANYONE.
  5. An absolute must is that your child should NEVER arrange a face to face meeting with anyone he or she meets online.
  6. Be sure that everyone in your household knows to not open e-mail from anyone he or she doesn’t know. Parents should always be shown any such e-mail.
  7. Remember that people are not always whom they claim or appear to be; sometimes adults pretend to be children.

 

Using software programs that filter or block access to certain web-sites are not sufficient. Ultimately it’s up to you to supervise your child’s internet use. Be sure to find out about the safety measures that are used anywhere your child has internet access.

 

TO DO IF YOUR CHILD DISAPPEARS Try to remain calm. Call the appropriate law enforcement authority and file a missing persons report.

 

    1. Call Child Search® at 281-350-KIDS, 1-800-3:16-HOPE, or 1-800-832-3773 (toll free numbers are for use outside the
      Houston Area only please)
      .
    2. Pray to the Lord Jesus Christ. We see Him move on behalf of missing children more than all other efforts combined.  

 

TO DO IF YOU SEE A CHILD THAT APPEARS ON THIS SYSTEM

  1.  
    1. Do not confront the child or the adult responsible for the child. The result could be harm to you or the child, or the adult will flee elsewhere with the child.
    2. Call Child Search® at 281-350-KIDS, 1-800-3:16-HOPE or 1-800-832-3773 (toll free numbers are for use outside the
      Houston area only please)
       

There are over one million, eight hundred thousand (1,800,000) children reported missing in the
United States each year! Our vast population and diverse cultures make the
USA a good place to try and hide a missing child. So take a good look at the children around you. Then watch our web site for photos and information about missing children. You might be able to help put a family back together.
 

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alyssa Dver
    Dec 08, 2006 @ 07:28:55

    You may be interested in seeing our tips for preventing kids from getting lost. We work with parents and children all over the country and we are endorsed by police departments and federal agencies. Inspired by our own maternal needs and fears, we’ve developed practical tips (www.wander-wer.com/safetychecklist.pdf)that can help avoid a child getting lost and help them to be found quickly and safely. You’ll also notice we sell easy-to-use and fun products which we donate proceeds to children’s charities. If you would like to use some of our content or link to us rfom your blog, please feel free as long as there is an appropriate reference to us. We do in-person educational seminars and offer a free audio seminar on our site. We also have a numbr of articles which have been published on various websites and in parneting magazines/papers – if you are interested in reprinting any, let me know. Keep up the good work! Sincerely, Alyssa Dver, National Safety Expert, CEO Wander Wear Inc.

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  2. Deborah Woodward
    Dec 08, 2006 @ 22:53:04

    Great tips for parents
    keep up the work –

    Reply

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