Often times, young children aren’t aware of crime and safety. Kids are more focused on a new video game, riding bikes or playing with their friends. Unfortunately, kids can get hurt and/or become the victim of crime.
Here are some tips to share with your children:
- Keep track of possessions (bikes, games, sports equipment, and other valuables) – Don’t leave them unattended.
- Put bikes away immediately when you get home (use a cable & lock).
- Don’t brag and show off money or other valuables.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be there.
- Walk with a buddy or group of friends when possible.
- Be aware of who and what is going on around you.
- Avoid alleys and shortcuts that take you out of view.
- If harassed by someone in a car, turn around and go in the opposite direction.
- Pre-plan and know places on your route where you might get help.
- If you think you are being followed go to a public place.
- Don’t go out at night alone.
- Don’t accept rides from someone you don’t know.
- Don’t let anyone get too close to you.
- Know how to use all the doors, windows, and locks.
- Keep doors and windows locked when home alone.
- Keep the name and phone number of a trusted adult by the phone, so you have an emergency contact person.
- Have an adult or trusted neighbor you can go to, if you must leave the house.
And here are some books for you to teach your children stay safe:
A Smart Kid’s Guide to Avoiding Online Predators / by David Jakubiak
Say No and Go: Stranger Safety / by Jill Donahue
Ashley Learns About Strangers /by Sarah, Duchess of York
I Can Play It Safe / by Alison Feigh
Safety in your neighborhood / by Lucia Raatma