Safety Tips for Children

Parents should take time to listen carefully to children’s fear and feelings about people or places that scare them or make them feel uneasy. Tell them to trust their instincts. Take complaints about bullies seriously.

 

Safety Tips for Children

Begin with the Basics

  • Make sure the children know their full name, address, telephone number and names of his or her parents.
  • Be sure children know when and how to call emergency 999 and how to use a pay phone.
  • Teach children never to accept ride or gifts from someone they don’t know.
  • Teach children to go to a shop clerk, security guard or police officer for help if lost in a shopping mall, store or street.
  • Accompany children to public toilets.
  • Show children safe places they can go in case of an emergency, like a trusted neighbour’s house.
  • Inspect areas in your neighborhood that threaten children’s safety, like wooded areas, poor lighting, etc. Tell them to avoid these places!
  • Teach children that no one, not even someone they know, has the right to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. Tell them they have the right to say “NO” in this situation.

 

At School and at Play

  • Encourage children not to walk and play alone. Tell them to avoid places that could be dangerous like: alleys, wooded areas, vacant building, and new construction.
  • Make sure children take the safest routes to and from school, stores, and friend’s houses. Teach children to always take the same way home from school.
  • Teach children to talk confidently and be alert to what’s going on around them.
  • Teach children to avoid strangers who may hang around playgrounds, vacant building, etc.
  • Children should not walk next to curbs.
  • Children should avoid using mobile phones in public places or on public transport.
  • Children should not wear expensive jewelry or clothing to school.
  • A child should check in with parent or trusted neighbour as soon as they arrive home from school. Someone should know if they are staying late at school.
  • Parents should take time to listen carefully to children’s fear and feelings about people or places that scare them or make them feel uneasy. Tell them to trust their instincts. Take complaints about bullies seriously.
  • Children should be taught to settle argument with words, not fist or weapons.
  • Children should be taught to tell a school official if they see another student with a knife or other weapon.