Safety Tips for Parents
Every parent should know & follow the following safety tips. Please take time to
read & share this information with your children.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Know where your children are at all times. Be familiar with their friends & daily activities.
BUILD SELF-ESTEEM: A child who has low self-esteem cannot protect himself/herself. Listen carefully to your children's fears, & be supportive in all your discussions with them, replacing fear with knowledge.
TEACH DECISION-MAKING: Children at all ages can make decisions. Practice early with little decisions so big decisions later are easier. Teach them to trust their own feelings, & assure them they have the right to say NO to what they sense is wrong.
BUILD SUPPORT SYSTEMS: Children need positive adult role models & need to know where to go for help.
CHOOSE SUBSTITUTE CARE GIVERS CAREFULLY: Interview & monitor babysitters, group leaders, youth pastors, etc. Be alert to a teenager or adult who is paying an unusual amount of attention to your children or giving them inappropriate or expensive gifts.
PROTECT KIDS WHO ARE HOME ALONE: Set ground rules, emergency contacts, & responsibilities for latchkey kids.
TALK WITH CHILDREN: Teach your children that no one should approach them or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. If someone does, they should tell their parents immediately.
BE SENSITIVE: Watch for changes in a child's behavior. They are signals that you should sit down & talk to your children about what caused the changes.
USE ROLE-PLAYING: Rehearse safety situations with your child. Give them power through knowledge. Play the WHAT IF? game.
LET KIDS BE KIDS: Teach them what they will need to know to be safe & let them know you will do your best to protect them. Don't scare the fun out of children.
This and other safety information is available from the following organizations. Please share these tips with your family and friends. Thanks!
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children www.missingkids.com
- Stop It Now! www.stopitnow.com