Safety tips for your children
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.