Family Safety Tips
•Teach the importance of stranger danger. Make it clear that a stranger is somebody they don’t know and family doesn’t know. That strangers can be tricky never go with one.
•Never leave children unsupervised.
•Be extremely cautious around water.
•know where your child is at all times.
•Keep list of friends,phone numbers, and addresses.
•make sure your child knows all their information. Phone number,address,their full name,and how to dial for help. If not make sure they are carrying an Id with their information for backup.
•encourage open communication with your child. Encourage them to talk to you if something is bothering them or if they feel uncomfortable. It’s really important to listen carefully and trust them.
•Teach them about body safety. No one is allowed to touch them in no no zones. (below the waist,buttocks,chest)
•Have a no secret policy. Teach children that secrets can be dangerous always tell an adult. Even if they’ve been threatened or family has been threatened. Assure them an adult always knows what to do.
• At minimum keep an Id card or in a file, keep a recent photo, height and weight and, ideally, a set of fingerprints for your child.” - healthychildren.org
•Extra pro cautions •Alarms on doors and windows can provide an added layer of protection.
•(GPS) tracking devices are on the market that clip onto belt loops, be worn as watches,clipped on shoes. Evaluate if your child would be a good candidate for one. This maybe useful for a child with Autism spectrum or communication issues.
For more safety tips please visit healthychildren.org or missingkids.org