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Safety Tips for Childr

1. Teach your child their complete name, address and phone number (including area code) at a very early age. Teach them how to make collect calls from a pay phone.

2. Keep all emergency numbers within view of your phone. Teach your children how to call 911.

3. A child should never answer the door without an adult present. When answering the phone they should not give out personal information and never tell a caller they are alone.

4. NOTHING IS BETTER THAN PARENTAL SUPERVISION. Your children should receive permission and NEVER go anywhere alone. Encourage your children to use the Buddy System, two or more children when playing or walking to and from school.

5. Warn your children not to talk to strangers. Explain what a stranger is. A stranger is "anyone" you and your children do not know well.

6. Your children should never answer questions, give directions, accept gifts or help an unfamiliar person find anything.

7. Warn your children never to approach a vehicle. If approached, a child should be taught to run in the opposite direction the vehicle is traveling.

8. Children should be prepared. Teach your children the facts about abduction early. If handled simply as another fact of life - another coping skill - children need not be inordinately frightened about the topic of abduction.

9. Children should be taught what areas of their body are private and should not be touched by anyone.

10. Coordinate a "Crime Watch" program in your neighbourhood. This will bring your community together to create a safer environment for all neighbourhood children. Call your local law enforcement agency for more information.

11. Instil confidence in your children by always having open, loving and gentle communication. Learn to listen.

12. Love and cuddle your children. Children need consistent affection from the key figures in their life. Many paedophiles will shower a child with affection in an attempt to gain their trust and manipulate sexual activity.

13. An important tip for all ages - In an abduction situation you have a better chance of surviving if you do everything in your power to avoid being taken to a second crime scene.

14. Teach your children what to do if they become separated in a crowd or a store. Seek assistance from a helpful stranger.

15. Do not advertise your child's name on clothing, school supplies or backpacks

16. Teach your children to act on their intuition. explain to them that It's better to be safe and risk a little embarrassment, then stay in an uncomfortable situation that may not be safe.

Children - Rules for Online Safety

1. Children should never give out personal information such as their address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of their school without your permission.

2. Tell your children to let you know right away if they come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

3. Teach your children to never agree to get together with someone they "meet" online.

4. Teach children to never send a their picture or any information without first checking with you.

5. Tell your children not to respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make them feel uncomfortable.  If they do they should let you know right away so that you can contact the service provider.

6. Talk to your children and set up rules for going online.  Decide on the time of day that they can be online, the length of time they can be online, and the appropriate areas for them to visit.

7. Children should be taught to never give out their internet password to anyone "even best their friends".

8. Have your children agree to be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

School Bus/taxi Safety Tips

For thousands of students countrywide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a bus, taxi or train. The greatest risk is not riding the on whatever vehicle, but approaching or leaving the vehicle. Before children go back to school or start school for the first time, it is essential that adults and children know traffic safety rules.

For Drivers:

1. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.

2. When driving in neighbourhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking about getting there safely.

3. Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighbourhood.

4. Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.

5. Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

6. Learn and obey the school bus laws in your area. Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:

 * Yellow flashing lights (hazards) indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

For Children:

1. Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

2. When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.

3. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.

4. If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.

5. Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.

6. Never walk behind the bus. Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.


Teach children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.

Safety Tips for Women


1. Listen and act on your intuition. It's better to be safe and risk a little embarrassment, then stay in an uncomfortable situation that may not be s

2. Maintain your personal space "safety zone".

3. Do not label keys with your name or any type of identification.

4. Don't talk about your social life or vacation plans where strangers can over hear you

5. Have your keys ready when approaching your car or building.

6. Have a game plan.

     A. Make yourself a tough target

     B. Deny privacy to the attacker

     C. Attract attention

     D. Take action towards the attacker

7. If you suspect that someone is following you, on foot or by car, go to a public place and get help or go directly to the police station.

8. When possible back into the parking spot so you can have a better view and make a quick getaway.

9. Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.

10. Always lock your car, even if it's in front of your home.

11. Always check your car before getting in - to make sure that no one is hiding inside or underneath.

12. Do not leave ANY packages or personal items in open view in the car. Place them in the trunk.

13. Observe elevator interior before entering. Wait until the next elevator if you are uncertain of any occupant.

14. When riding the elevator alone, always stand near the control panel. If accosted, press ALL buttons.

15. If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the door close.

16. You have a better chance of surviving if you do everything in your power to avoid being taken to a second crime scene.

Getting help from strangers

Getting help from strangers is not as easy as it used to be. People typically respond to a direct instruction more readily than to a general plea for help. To get someone to call the police for you, it is more effective to yell, "You in the green shirt, call 911 right now!" than it is to scream "Police!" Another important tip is to make it clear to anyone who can hear you that you do not know the person who is bothering you. (You can lie about this one if needed - most people will think a domestic fight is none of their business.)

Is somebody watching me?

When you think someone is following you, turn around and look to make sure. Looking at a person, especially if you make eye contact, gives you important information about his appearance and intent. It also sends him the message that you are alert and therefore will not be an easy target.

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