Guideline to Street Proofing Children
Read through the list and check off all of the ones that apply to you as you read through. Look at the ones that you haven't checked off and look into answering those questions that are left unanswered.
Does your child know what to do if he/she gets lost?
Have you discussed peer pressure with your child?
Have you taken a walk around your neighbourhood with your child?
Have you physically checked the facilities your child attends? i.e. school, arena
Do you know where your child is on an hourly basis?
Have you met your child's friends?
Does your child have emergency money available?
Does your child carry identification and medical information?
Does your child know where to go or who to contact in case you are not available?
Does your child know the purpose of 911 and when to call?
Do you talk and listen to your child and spend quality time with them?
Is your child a follower or a leader?
Does your child know not to talk to strangers?
Keeping Your Children Safe
Leaving your child unattended puts your child at risk. Arrange to have someone else pick them up or give them an alternative place to wait. Suggest that your child walk in pairs or groups and always travel the same route home and to school. Have your child show you the route they take to school. Make sure it is a well-traveled area and not shortcuts through bushes or other peoples properties.
Never let your child go to a public washroom by themselves.
When hiring a babysitter, make sure to check their credentials thoroughly.
Inform your children on the importance of not talking to strangers no matter what. Let your child know that it is not rude if an adult that they do not know asks them a question and they do not answer as there is always another adult that could answer the question for that person. Also, tell your child to never approach stranger's vehicles.
Things your Child Should Know
- Their telephone number and address
- Where to go in an emergency, i.e. a BLOCK PARENT homes, a known neighbours house, Grandparents house.
- Who they can contact if their parents aren't available
- To never go anywhere with a stranger
- To never get into a stranger's car
- To never tell a stranger their address or phone number
- To never accept candy or gifts from strangers
It is important to teach your child that strangers can be dangerous. While teaching them this information, keep in mind that scare tactics do not work. Scaring your child will only cause them to feel fear when going outside. It is more important for your child to feel safe, but to take a few precautions. Let them know that most people are nice, but there are a few that can harm you and are dangerous. Discuss with your child what they can do if a stranger approaches them. Make a list of ideas together. You might want to add things like saying no if offered candy or gifts, looking for a police officer, going into the nearest store, running away, and also yelling "Help!".