Child Safety Tips

Teach a child under age 5 to:

  • Say “no” if someone does anything to make him or her feel uncomfortable.
  • Refuse gifts from people he or she doesn’t know.
  • Kick, hit or make noise if forced into a building or car.
  • Never give directions to an adult who says he or she is lost.
  • Go to the nearest cashier if lost or separated from you in a store.

Your child should be able to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.

A school-aged child should:

  • Never invite anyone into the house without permission of a parent.
  • Know the dangers of the internet.
  • Avoid empty parks, fields or alleys.
  • Tell you where he or she is at all times.

Your child should give up money, clothing or other belongings to an attacker and then RUN AWAY.

As a parent you should:

  • Avoid putting your child's name on clothing or toys.
  • Check references of baby sitters and day care.
  • Pick a secret word.
  • Establish a “phone-tree” contact procedure with friends, neighbors and family.
  • Keep an eye on your child.