Child Safety

Keeping Kids Safe Safety Tips for Teenagers

Run-aways

A Guide To Babysitting
Child Abuse A spot test for your children
What to do if a crime has occurred Domestic Violence

 

 

 

 

 

 


KEEPING KIDS SAFE

The key to protecting children from crime, abuse and danger is good prevention education. Children (under 18 years of age) should be taught prevention at the youngest possible age. This page offers practical recommendations to decrease children's exposure to crime, abuse or related dangers.  At the end of this page is a spot test that you can use to ensure whether your children understand prevention and safety measures.

As you read through this page, you will notice that crime prevention devices and gadgets are not recommended; because true prevention education requires good judgment and knowledge, not weapons.

In order to make crime prevention effective, we must first dispel some false beliefs about personal safety.

Children may become confused about safety precautions because of the way they are brought up at home. So parents, beware of the rules children are taught at home.  The following rules and others can make them more vulnerable to crime and/or abuse:

EDUCATE YOUR YOUNGER CHILDREN IN CRIME PREVENTION NOW!

Suggested school safety tips, depending on children's ages.

If your young children are in a daycare center:

If your children are in school:

Street safety rules for children:

The following are some street safety and crime prevention tips that you (as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, guardian, etc.) must impress upon children as soon as they are able to understand and practice safety.

Kids and cars

Teach your children how to avoid being robbed:

What to tell children if they sense that they are being followed:

What to tell your children if they are confronted:

Other prevention tips:

 


Run-aways

Children, if faced with serious problems in their lives, often think the best (and maybe the only) solution is to run away from home, thus making them even more vulnerable to crime, abuse and danger.   Common reasons why children run away from home:

How to prevent children from becoming run-aways:

Now we turn to the topics of child abuse and neglect. The abused child is one who is assaulted (for example, severely beaten), sexually assaulted, held in close confinement (for example, locked up in a cupboard or tied up), or otherwise mistreated. A neglected child is one who is not receiving the necessary care, lacking adequate supervision or medical assistance, and receiving inadequate nurturing or affection.

 


What to do if a crime has occurred to your child or children

No matter all the prevention measures and safety precautions that you may take for your children (including those listed in this page), crime can and may still occur. If such an occurrence does take place, how best will you and your child deal with it? Here are some tips for your consideration:

 


Child Abuse

The next section highlights some overall recommendations for parents for protecting children from crime, abuse and danger.

What parents SHOULD ALWAYS do:

How to spot signs of child abuse or neglect:

REMEMBER the law requires that certain people MUST report Child Abuse:- ALL

What to do to protect children from abuse:

Common sense rules for keeping punishment of young children from turning into abuse:

Assistance you can provide to an abused child:

 


Safety tips for teenagers

If you are doing a part-time job or are out in the evenings, be safe:-

If you're baby-sitting, get a number where you can call the child's parents. Don't let strangers into the house. Don't tell telephone callers you are alone. Get them to ring back.

On paper rounds or other collecting, never go into a stranger's house or accept a lift. Wherever you are make sure you know how to make an emergency call and the quickest way out.

If your teenage son or daughter is going out, see they have a lift there and back or take them yourself.

Getting a baby-sitter: It can be difficult to find a good baby-sitter. Sometimes child molesters may advertise themselves as baby-sitters in the hope of getting near children. If you can, avoid using newspapers and try and find someone you know.

Use a friend or member of the family Ask friends if they know anyone If you use a stranger, ask them to put you in touch with someone they have worked for before See if your child reacts badly when you say a baby-sitter they know is coming If you are worried, ring home and speak to your child Be careful of men who are always willing to baby-sit. Give the baby-sitter someone to call in an emergency.

HELP! The police or Family and Services will help you if you think your child has been harmed. If you are worried contact them straight away.

 


A spot test for your children

Here is a short spot test you can use to find out whether children understand crime prevention and safety.  A series of practice exercises are used to teach children what to do when they are on their own and encounter strangers.  There is no precise answer to these questions. The best prevention education is role-playing for both parents and children. Use your best judgment when providing answers to children. Start each question by stating: What if ...?


You are now more familiar and aware of good Crime prevention and safety measures for children. A lot of these measures simply employ good common "street sense" and logic.  Danger lurks everywhere; the best way to handle it is to be prepared with the knowledge of prevention and safety.

"Don't be afraid - be aware"

 


A Guide To Babysitting: Tips Before Employment

Don't advertise your name in local shops. (Strangers will know your name and telephone number.)

WHEN YOU ARE ASKED TO BABY-SIT

  1. BE BUSINESSLIKE AND STATE CLEARLY: The days and hours you are able to work. Your experience (e.g. infants - 6 yr. old etc.) What rate of pay you consider to be fair.
  2. BE CAUTIOUS: Don't accept employment if you do not know the person calling. Ask them who recommended you. Call that person and then call back the employer to confirm dates. Tell your parents if you are suspicious of the employer. Don't hitchhike or accept rides from strangers on the way to the job.
  3. LEAVE A NOTE FOR YOUR PARENTS REGARDING: Name, address and telephone number where you will be working. Time you expect to be home and how you will get there.
  4. OBTAIN SPECIFIC INFORMATION: Note parents name, address, and phone number. (Business phone number, if necessary). Ask if they are near bus routes. Number of children and their ages. Transportation and escort that will be provided to and from the job. Even if you only live a few doors away, an escort is desirable. Your parents or employer is responsible to make certain you are home safely.

BABY-SITTING ON THE JOB

WHEN THE PARENTS LEAVE, REMEMBER
YOU ARE THE ACTING PARENT. YOU ARE IN CHARGE.

GUARD AGAINST STRANGERS

IN CASE OF FIRE

GUARD AGAINST ACCIDENTS

YOU ARE A GUEST

WHEN THE PARENTS RETURN

Safety considerations if you need a baby-sitter:

 


"What can I do about Domestic Violence?"

One out of every four women in this state will suffer some kind of violence at the hands of her husband or boyfriend.

Very few will tell anyone—not a friend, a relative, a neighbor, or the police.

Victims of domestic violence come from all walks of life—all cultures, all income groups, all ages, all religions. They share feelings of helplessness, isolation, guilt, fear, and shame. All hope it won’t happen again, but often it does.  Domestic Violence is a Crime!

Are you abused?
Does the person you love...

If you answer “yes” to even a few of these questions, it’s time to get help!

If you are hurt, what can you do?

There are no easy answers, but there are things you can do to protect yourself:

Don't Ignore the problem?

Have you hurt someone in your family?

The high costs of domestic violence!

Take a stand!

 


Keeping Young People away from Crime

A good deal of crime is committed by young people - one third of all known offenders are under 17. Mostly it is against property - 40 per cent of offenders dealt with for theft from shops and 35 per cent of those dealt with for burglary of premises other than dwellings were juveniles. Fortunately, most will stop offending as they grow older; but there is no need simply to wait and hope.

By following the advice elsewhere in this website you, your family, your neighbors will be less likely to become a victim of juvenile crime. But it makes sense to find ways of steering your people away from crime and other anti-social behavior in the first place. They need alternative outlets for their energy and imagination. In many areas, this point is already well recognized - by parents, teachers, youth workers for example - who are working, often together, to provide these alternatives. Although its precise effects on the crime rate cannot be measured, its value in this context is not in doubt. It is supported, and sometimes proved, by Government, local authorities and the police. Charities and voluntary organizations play a major role in the provision of constructive activities for young people, for example the YMCA, Boy/Girls Scouts, and many local groups.  But whether or not they receive help in this way, youth work schemes will only be successful if they have the goodwill and help of people in the communities where the activities are based.

If you care about young people, as well as about crime, you will want to consider how you can help. Many very worthwhile projects need sponsorship, equipment or accommodation; and may also have continual need for volunteers to work with young people, especially those who can pass on a skill or interest.

Alternatively, you may be someone who recognizes a need for some kind of activity for young people that is not available in your area. Whether acting as an individual, a parent, businessman, teacher, somebody with a skill or interest or as a part of a group - if you have an idea for something that can do or provide, contact your Neighborhood Watch Committee or Crime Prevention officer to discuss it.