Safety Tips for Students
- Safety in numbers—if possible, walk in a group; not alone.
- If approached/followed, run to a business or house and call 9-1-1.
- Do not be tricked by someone trying to get you to go with them or go in their car. They might call you over to ask for directions or other questions like, “Did you see a little brown dog with a red collar running loose?”
- It is important to not approach a car. If you lean in to a car window, you may easily be pulled inside. Stay at least an arm’s length away at all times.
- Avoid offers to help you—give a ride, carry backpack, etc. Helping you may not be their real interest.
- If possible, get a license plate number.
- A cell phone camera works well too.
- Have a cell phone out—Dial someone or pretend to be talking if approached.
- Walk home on roadways where there are people around, instead of cutting through parks and fields that are more isolated.
Safety Tips for Parents
- It is important to teach your children the importance of learning and practicing good safety habits.
- Be sure your children know their full name, as well as yours, their phone number, and address—including the state. Depending upon their ages, they should also know your cell phone and work numbers.
- Teach your children how to use the phone, including how to call the police.
- Select a few neighbors who can provide a safe place in the event your children feel threatened. Point out these homes to them, especially those on the route to school.
- Make sure your kids practice the buddy system. They should stay in groups because statistics show that kidnappers more often prey on children that are alone.
- Tell your children to never get in any car with a stranger.
- If your children will be out at night, have them wear/use reflective stickers.