HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD

tips for discussing child safety

Who?

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You.  
A parent is the best person to teach a child about personal safety.

What?

Effective personal safety skills.

Smart Thinking

Strong Character

Sticking Together

When?

Now.   Age and maturity matter.

There is no perfect age when parents should begin teaching children about personal safety.

A childís ability to comprehend and practice safety skills is affected by age, educational, and developmental levels.

How?

LISTEN to your children.

Know your childrenís daily activities and habits.

Listen to what they like and what they donít like.

Encourage open communication. Let your children know they can talk to you about any situation.

Reassure your children that their safety is your #1 concern.

TEACH your children.

Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do.

Reinforce the importance of the "buddy system."

It's OK to say NO—tell your children to trust their instincts.

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Get INVOLVED.

Know where your children are at all times.

Your children should check in with you if there is a change in plans.

There is no substitute for your attention and supervision.





PRACTICE safety skills with your child.
Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.



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PERSONAL SAFETY FOR CHILDREN—A GUIDE FOR PARENTS