It is important that all parents establish a safety plan with their children when they are very young. The plan may vary based on the child's unique situation, but there are some safety rules that apply to all children. A child safety plan will provide guidance by telling the child where to go, what to do, and how to react in a potentially dangerous situation. Additionally, all parents should remember to address what to do if the child gets lost.
- Talk to strangers.
- Approach a car, building, animal or person without your parent's permission.
- Tell callers you are home alone.
- Open the door to anyone when you are home alone.
- Play with any weapons.
- Keep secrets that make you scared, sad, or uneasy.
- Ask permission before leaving the house or yard.
- Know your full name, address, and phone number.
- Know when and how to dial 911.
- Keep doors and windows locked when you are home alone.
- Use the buddy system or play in groups.
- Tell a trusted adult such as a parent, teacher, or other relative if someone is touching you in a way that hurts you or makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Have an escape route in case of fire or other danger.