Safety Tips for Parents and Kids
Safety tips for parents:
- Children are more likely to be harmed by someone they know than by a stranger.
- Children need clear safety rules.
- Ask your child often: “Is there anything you’ve been wondering or worrying about that you haven’t told me?”
Safety tips for children:
- Most people are good.
- My job is to check with an adult in charge before I go anywhere with anyone, or let a stranger get close to me.
- I do not give personal information to a stranger or to someone who makes me feel uncomfortable.
- It’s OK to get help from strangers in an emergency.
- I belong to myself — my body, my time, my spirit.
- Touch has to be both peoples’ choice and it has to be safe.
- Touch for reasons of health or safety is not always a choice, but it should never have to be a secret.
- If I have a problem, I need to tell a trusted adult.
Kids need to learn how to:
- Stand and walk with awareness and confidence.
- Keep safe distance from someone approaching them.
- Walk away from a stranger, even one who is being very nice.
- Say “no,” using polite and clear words.
- Use eye contact and assertive body language.
- Check first even if someone says not to.
- Get help from a busy adult.
- Make noise, run, get to safety.