December 2012 Issue
November 26, 2012

Keeping our children safe

Source: NYSUT United

An analysis by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children of attempted abductions during the past five years found that children are at most risk when going to and from school or school-related activities. Improve their safety by following these tips:

  • Teach children to always take a friend with them when walking or biking, and to stay with a group while standing at the bus stop.
  • Parents should walk the route to and from school with children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they're being followed or need help.
  • Teach children never to take shortcuts and always to stay in well-lit areas.
  • Young children should not walk to and from school, even in a group. Parents should wait at the bus stop, or make arrangements for supervision.
  • Teach students to trust their feelings and immediately get away from anyone who bothers them, or makes them feel scared or uncomfortable. Teach them it is OK not to be polite and it is OK to say no.
  • Teach your children not to accept a ride from anyone unless you have said it is OK. If anyone follows them in a vehicle they should turn around, go in the other direction, and run to a trusted adult who may help them.
  • Teach students that adults should not ask children for directions.
  • Teach your children not to accept money or gifts from anyone unless you have told them it is OK.
  • Make sure all students have accurate emergency contact information on file.