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Child safety

001d26_e409236d5f3e44869b7776ef5684e73dCHILD SAFETY TIPS
While the internet continues to influence our daily habits, actions, and life in general, it is imperative you take appropriate measures to ensure all of your online interaction - and especially that of your children - is safeguarded.
From online bullying to cyber crime to sexual exploitation and abuse, use of the internet can bring on onwanted actions and consequences if not used properly. Read our tips and recommendations below for your safety.


  • Straight talk with children works best when discussing the serious topic of personal safety with your children.
  • Do not rely completely on puppets, coloring books, gimmicks, and cartoon characters
  • Instill in your children a sense of self-worth and dignity at every opportunity
  • Teach your children basic sex education, (i.e., the areas of the body that are covered by a bathing suit are private)
  • Establish inappropriate touches are against the law to give your child confidence to assert themselves with those who try to abuse them
  • Allow children to express affection on their terms
  • Do not instruct them to give kisses or hugs to people they do not know well
  • Stress that there should be no secrets from you, especially those involving another adult
  • Explain the importance of reporting abuse or attempted abuse to or another "Trusted Adult." (applies to inappropriate touching)
  • Do not rely entirely on "The Buddy System." In many documented cases, sisters, brothers, and playmates have been victims of terrible crimes when together
  • Make it a priority to get to know your children's friends and their families
  • Encourage involvement in extracurricular activities. Children with many interests are less likely to experiment with drugs or other negative influences
  • Teach your children to respect, admire, and celebrate the differences in people
  • Ask questions about what your children are doing, where they are going, and whom they will be with
  • "Set Times" to be home or check in and have a back-up plan
  • A child's room should not be considered their private, personal domain where parents are not allowed to check them
  • Monitor computer and Internet usage, daily, if possible
  • Above all, encourage your children to recognize, trust, and follow their instincts about people and situations. Listen to their instincts.

  • Your feelings tell you that you are safe with some people.
For example: Your mom or dad, brothers or sisters, Your grandparents, Teachers at school, and Police officers.

  • People that you do not know very well can mean danger. You may meet these people anywhere, e.g., street, store, movie theater, playground. These people are strangers.


Simple, a stranger is someone that you do not know or your parents do not know. Strangers are even people you see every day. Not all strangers are bad, but it is very difficult to tell bad strangers from good strangers.


  • A person that you never met before.
  • A person that you may see often, but know nothing about; e.g., the ice cream person, mail person, newspaper person, or a neighbor
  • A person whose name and address you do not know
  • A person your parents do not know
  • Strangers can come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. Even a teenager could be considered a stranger to you
  • Safety rules for dealing with strangers. If approached by a "stranger" you should
  • Never talk to a stranger
  • Never go near a stranger
  • Never accept gifts or rides from a stranger
  • If a stranger comes toward you, step backwards, turn around and run away
  • Never go anywhere with a stranger
  • Report strangers to your parents, teachers, bus drivers, or a responsible adult that you know well
  • The main rule to remember: "Stay away from strangers".

  • What should you do if a stranger asks you for help or offers you candy, a toy, or a pet? Say "NO", turn around and run away.
  • What should you do if a stranger asks you to go for a ride in their car? Say "NO", and run in the opposite direction that the car is going
  • What should you do if a stranger tries to grab you? You can yell for help! You can kick, scratch, or bite! You can run away fast as you can!
  • What should you do if a stranger has a gun and tells you to go with him? Yell for HELP! Run away as fast as you can, and continue yelling for help. Go tell an adult
  • Always remember to tell your parents, a police officer, a teacher, a bus driver, or another adult you trust and know, about what happened as soon as possible.

  • Always lock the door. Do not answer the door if someone knocks. Never let strangers into the house.
  • If the telephone rings, answer it. Do not tell anyone that you are alone. (You can tell them your parent cannot come to the phone right now). Ask who is calling, and offer to take a message
  • If there is a storm, stay away from the windows
  • Leave medicines and poisons alone, they can really hurt you
  • Do not play or touch any guns that might be in the house.

  • Never go anywhere without first telling your parents, or the person in charge, where you are going, who is going with you, how you will get there, and when you will be back.
  • Always use the "Buddy System" when playing outside or going places.
  • Always say "NO" if someone tries to touch you in ways that make you feel frightened, uncomfortable, or confused. Always tell a grown-up that you trust about what happened
  • Always go directly home from school or the bus stop.