What Kids Should Know

General Tips - Make Sure Your Kids Know ...

  • How to call "911" or "0" in emergencies, and how to use a public phone. Help them practice making emergency phone calls. Be sure all emergency numbers such as police, fire, poison control, and emergency medical are posted by all phones.
  • Their full name, address, and phone number (including the area code), plus your work phone number. Make sure your child knows your cellular phone number(s) as well.
  • How to walk confidently and stay alert to what's going on around them.
  • To walk and play with friends, not alone.
  • To refuse rides or gifts from anyone, unless it’s someone both you and your child know and trust.
  • To tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone, no matter whom, touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Home Alone Tips - Make Sure Your Kids Know ...

  • What steps you want them to follow when they get home, such as phoning you at work or a neighbor or grandparent who is at home.
  • Not to let strangers, adults or children into the home for any reason.
  • Not to tell telephone callers that they’re alone.
  • That door and window locks must always be used. Be sure your children know how the work them.
  • Not to go into the home if a door is ajar or a window is broken, but to go to a neighbor’s place and call the police.
  • Your rules about acceptable activities when you are not at home. Be very clear.
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