Guidelines to Protect Your Children
You take care of your children when you're with them, but have you equipped them with knowledge to protect them when you're not around?
Teach Your Children:
- Their full name, address and telephone number.
- How to make a long distance telephone call (both directly to you by using the area code and by dialing "0" for the Operator).
- Never to go into anyone's home without your permission. Children should know whose homes they are allowed to enter.
- If they become separated from you while shopping not to look for you, but to go to the nearest checkout counter and ask the clerk:
1) if she or he works for the store, and,
2) for assistance. Never go into the parking lot.
- To walk with and play with others. A child is most vulnerable when alone. If your child walks to school, have him or her walk with other children.
- That adults do not usually ask for directions. If someone should stop in a car asking for directions, the child should not go near the car.
- If someone is following them, they should go to a place where there are other people, to a neighbor's home or into a store. They should ask for help. They should not try to hide behind bushes.
- Never go near a car with someone in it. Never get into a car without your permission. They should know in whose cars they are allowed to ride. Warn your children that someone might try to lure them into a car by saying you said to pick them up. Tell them never to obey such instructions.
- That a stranger is someone they and you do not know very well.
- Never tell anyone over the telephone that they are home along.
- To tell you if any adult asks them to keep a “secret.”
As Parents, You Should:
- Know who your children's friends are.
- Never leave children unattended. Never leave children alone in car.
- Be involved in your children's activities.
- Listen when you child tells you he or she does not want to be with someone. There may be a reason you should now about.
- Notice when someone shows your child a great deal of attention and find out why.
- Have your child's fingerprints taken. Know where to locate dental records.
- Be sensitive to changes in your child's behavior or attitudes. Encourage open communication. Never belittle any fear or concern your child may express to you.
- Take a photograph of your child each year (four times a year if the child is under two years of age).
- Have a set plan with your child outlining what he or she should do if you become separated while away from home.
- Do not buy items that have you child's name on them such as hats, jackets and teeshirts. An abductor could start up a friendly conversation with your child after reading and using the child's name.
- Be sure their schools or day care centers will not release children to anyone but the children's parents or persons they designate. Instruct the school to contact you if your child is absent.