Street Proofing Your Kids
Safety Tips for Children - Stranger Danger
Here are some safety tips for children to keep in mind when they are alone (i.e., not in the care of their parents or trusted adults/guardians).
- Know your address and home phone number and how to contact your parents on their cell phones or at work. Know how and when to use 911.
- Always ask your mom or dad for permission to go anywhere or join in any activity, and let them know when you do.
- Use the
buddy Systemand travel and play in groups. If you become separated or lost, tell someone with a nametag (e.g., a cashier or security guard) right away, preferably a female.
- Be polite, but avoid long conversation with strangers. If someone you don’t know asks you a lot of personal questions, like where you live, Do Not Answer just run away.
- Don’t be afraid to say
NOto adults who ask you to do something for them, like find a lost pet, join them in an activity or give them directions.
- Never accept a ride or gifts from strangers, or even someone you may know, without checking with your parents first. Keep a safe distance from strangers and cars that approach you.
- If a person tries to grab you, scream loudly, make a lot of noise, and create a ruckus (e.g. knock things over, scatter belongings, kick wildly). Shout
HELP, THIS PERSON IS NOT MY PARENT.
- Never give your computer password to anyone or share personal information or photos with anyone over the internet.
- Ask your parents for permission to meet anyone you have talked to on the Internet.
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