1.Children should be on the lookout for situations or actions that make them feel uncomfortable, rather than certain kinds of people. ("Stay away from strangers" is a popular warning used to prevent child abduction and exploitation, however, many children are harmed by "acquaintances.")
2.If someone tries to take you somewhere, quickly get away from them and yell "Someone is trying to take me away!" Say "No", then go and tell.
3.If someone follows you on foot or in a car, run to a "safe place." A safe place is where there are other people around ... the home of a neighbor or friend or a store; not a wooded area or unoccupied building.
4.Parents should always carry pictures of their children (taken within the last 6 months) and should take time every day to make a mental note regarding the clothing being worn by their children.
NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime.
McGruff website, a Wealth of Resources for Parents About Various Crime Prevention and Safety Issues
Spot the Clues Some parents don't think bullying is a big deal. They think it's a rite of passage to adulthood, that . . .
Some parents don’t think bullying is a big deal. They think it’s a rite of passage to adulthood, that it’s just kids being kids. But for kids, bullying is one of the biggest problems they face. In fact, every day 160,000 kids miss school because they’re scared of bullying.
A lot of the time kids don’t tell their parents that they’re being bullied. They may be embarrassed, or they may think that telling will make the bullying worse. To help their children, parents may need to do some detective work to spot the clues that bullying is happening. Here are some signs that a child is being bullied: Withdrawal Drop in grades
Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse and rape, the provision of services to victims of violent crime, and elderly, disabled and minor victims of all crime. Violence directed against victims is an abuse of power, often directed at our most vulnerable, and must be met with unwavering resolve to hold perpetrators accountable, and provide victims with the support and services they need. Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center is committed to informing victims of their rights, involving them in the decision making process, securing crime victim compensation to which they are entitled and treating every victim with respect and dignity. The organization provides victim services training to law enforcement and works collaboratively with them to ensure an accurate and up-to-date sex offender registry.
Parents for Megan’s Law staffs the Local and National Megan's Law Help lines. The organization is a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Center. 1 (888) ASK-PFML
It is important to start a dialogue with your children about what to do if they find a gun. The following is suggested language for talking to your kids about firearms.
Guns are very serious. An accident involving a gun can hurt or even kill you or someone you know. Most adults are allowed to own a gun by law, and many have one. This means that even if there isn’t a gun in your house, you need to know what to do if you see a gun.
If you see a gun, follow these four steps: 1. Stop. 2. Don’t touch. 3. Get away. 4. Tell an adult.
When you follow these steps, you’re protecting yourself and helping to keep other people safe.
Here are some tips about what to do in specific circumstances:
Walk away and tell a parent if your friend shows you his parent’s gun.
Tell an adult immediately if you see a gun in someone’s backpack at school.
Tell a trusted adult if you hear a girl or boy say that she or he is going to bring a gun to school.
Follow the four steps if you find a gun in the park by your house.
If you’re not sure why a gun is dangerous, talk to a parent about it.
Tips For Talking To Parents Before Play Dates
The Center to Prevent Youth Violence has created a resource for parents who want to inquire if there are firearms where their children play. Its ASK campaign, created in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, suggests it may be easier to open the dialogue by following these four tips.
ASK with other questions. Include the question along with other things you might normally discuss before sending your child to someone’s house –such as seat belts, animals, or allergies.
Use the facts. Over one-third of homes with children have a gun. Many of those guns are left unlocked and loaded. That is why you are asking — you just want to make sure that your child is safe.
Work through groups. Introduce the ASK concept through a group or community effort such as a religious organization or PTA.
Don’t be confrontational. Present your concerns in a respectful manner. You are simply trying to make sure your child is in a safe environment. Use the ASK brochure to open the dialogue.