Youth & Parent Information Page
KEEPING KIDS SAFE
OUR CHILDREN CAN BE HURT BY A SCHOOL BULLY, A STRANGER OR EVEN A GROWN-UP THEY KNOW. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH HAS THE FOLLOWING ADVICE FOR PARENTS.
Safety tips for teenagers: If you are doing a part time job or are out in the evenings, be safe:-
- Make sure your parents know where you are
- Go out with friends and come home with them.
- If you go out alone, get a lift or a taxi there and home.
- If your lift/taxi doesn’t turn up, use a telephone to find out why and stay until your lift arrives.
- Don’t take a lift with someone you’ve just met.
- If you are looking for casual jobs like baby-sitting, do it through family or friends. If you answer an advert go with a parent or friend on the first day.
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 Community Services (FACS) will help you if you think your child has been harmed. If you are worried contact them straight away.
EDUCATE YOUR YOUNGER CHILDREN IN CRIME PREVENTION NOW!
- Never talk to strangers or accept a ride or gifts from them – ever.
- Remember that your body is your own.
- It is okay to say no if someone tries to hurt you.
- Always tell your parents if someone has frightened you or tried to do something you have not wanted them to do.
- Remember that you can say no to touching or kissing if you don’t like it and always tell your parents if someone tries to touch you and tells you to keep it secret.
- It is okay to scream if someone tries to force you to go some where with them or do something against your will.