Safety Tips for Kids
- I know my full name, my parent's names, and our address
and phone number.
- I know when and how to use 911 and 0. I know I can dial
911 and 0 from a pay phone without any money.
- I never put my name on my clothes, jewelry, caps or
belongings where people can see it.
- I tell my parents about things that happen to me that
make me feel scared, uncomfortable or sad.
- I know the difference between a good secret and a bad
secret. A good secret is fun to keep, like a surprise party.
A bad secret feels bad to keep, and telling my parents about
it doesn’t make me a “tattle tale.”
- Strangers: I know that a stranger is anyone I
don’t know well. Even people I recognize - like the mailman
or ice cream truck driver - are strangers, and that someone
can be a stranger even if they look nice or know my name. I
never tell strangers my name or where I live.
- Buddy System: I use the “buddy system” and avoid
walking or playing alone outside and in public places.
- Walking: When I walk down the street, I always
face traffic so that I can see if someone stops their car
near me. I never take short cuts through deserted areas like
creeks or vacant lots.
- Yell NO, Run and Tell: I know that yelling and
running are better safety ideas than trying to hide. If a
stranger approaches me, I will YELL “No,” RUN to where there
are safe adults, and TELL an adult.
- Safe Distance: I know to stay a safe distance
(approximately three arm-lengths) away from strangers and
stranger’s cars, even if a stranger seems nice. I know to run
in the direction opposite from the direction the stranger’s
car is traveling.
- Fight Back: It is okay to yell and fight; anything
to get the stranger to let go. Yelling is the most important
thing I can do, and to yell, “No!” “Help!” or “Fire!” to get
an adult’s attention.
- Home Safety: I keep all the doors and windows
locked when I am home alone, and to go to a neighbor and call
911 if a window is broken or if the door is open when I get
home. I know how to call my parents or a neighbor if I get
frightened when I’m home alone.
- Doorbell Safety: I answer the door by asking, “Who
is it?” I never say that I am alone, and never open the door
when I am alone, unless it is someone my parents told me to
expect and let in. When I am alone, I always talk through the
door and say, “My parents are busy now, I’ll tell them you
stopped by.” If the person does not leave, I know to call
- Phone Safety: I never say that I am alone when a
stranger calls. I let the answering machine screen calls or
say, “Mom/Dad can’t come to the phone now, can I take a
message?” If someone is making strange noises, saying scary
things, or not saying anything, I will hang up the phone.
- Internet Safety: I know never to give my last
name, address, or phone number to a person on the Internet,
and that it is never safe to meet Internet friends in person
without my parent’s supervision and consent.
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