Keeping Kids Safe
Karla is a single parent. She has two young children. She wants to keep them safe. A friend gave her some information on keeping children safe. The information says that parents should do the following:
Walk through the neighborhood with your children. Show them safe places they can go in an emergency. A safe place may be a neighbor’s house or a store.
Check your neighborhood for areas that are not safe. Abandoned buildings are not safe. Areas with lots of trees or bad lighting are not safe.
Teach children not to talk to strangers. Teach them that strangers do not look like monsters; they look like ordinary people.
Make sure children know their full name, address, and a phone number to call or text, including area code. Practice how to make an emergency phone call.
If your children are old enough to be outside without an adult, encourage them to be with friends. Tell them to stay in open areas where others can see them. If you leave them home alone, make sure they can reach you by phone or text.
Teach your children that no one has the right to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. Tell them they can and should tell you if that happens.
Listen to your children. Let them know they can talk to you about anything. Tell them you will always love them.