Safety tips for your chil­dren

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

Par­ents or chil­dren’s care­tak­ers must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the chil­dren and en­sure their safety at all times. Keep an open line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trust be­tween par­ents and chil­dren; chil­dren and the school, and know your chil­dren’s friends.

Teach your chil­dren... 1 Ba­sic safety rules and to fol­low the

rules and in­struc­tions well; 2 To trust the po­lice and that they are

their friends; 3 To only ap­proach uni­formed po­lice

of­fi­cials and/or marked po­lice cars; 4 Never to ap­proach a ve­hi­cle un­less they are ab­so­lutely sure they know the oc­cu­pants; 5 Never to ac­cept a lift from strangers; 6 Not to talk to adults they do not

know; 7 Never to ac­cept sweets, money or ice

cream from a stranger; 8 Al­ways tell you where they are; 9 To avoid giv­ing your home tele­phone

num­ber to strangers; 10 To walk to and from school and bus

stops in groups; 11 To stay close to you, es­pe­cially at swim­ming pools, beaches or busy shop­ping cen­tres; 12 Not to wan­der off, to avoid lonely places, and not to take short cuts through al­leys or de­serted ar­eas; and 13 Not to hitch­hike. Par­ents must be ob­ser­vant so that they can iden­tify any ab­nor­mal be­hav­iour from their chil­dren. When you go to crowded pub­lic places such as shop­ping malls or beaches, en­sure that your child(ren)

For chil­dren to be less vul­ner­a­ble to danger­ous sit­u­a­tions they must: 1 Not be left alone at home or else­where where they can be­come sus­cep­ti­ble to abuse, al­co­hol and drugs; 2 Be taught how to give di­rec­tions to

your home in case of emer­gency; 3 Be taught never to let a caller at the door or phone know that they are alone. Teach them to say “Mom or Dad can’t come to the phone or door right now”; 4 Be taught to carry a house key with them in a safe place. Don’t leave it un­der a mat or on a ledge out­side the house; 5 Be taught to keep the doors and win

dows locked; 6 Know their par­ents’ and the po­lice’s

num­bers; 7 Know their home street ad­dress If threat­ened or in an emer­gency, teach chil­dren to re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately.

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