At an early age, kids must know that they can trust the police. Children should feel safe in confronting an officer when they need help. Cops from police departments across the world actively visit schools and attend festivals and other events to discuss safety tips directly with kids in their communities. These general tips for kids can mean the difference between life and death.
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Dial 911 during an emergency in which the police, fire brigade or EMS needs to be involved. It must be stressed that 911 is only called in urgent situations. The Edina Police Department in Minnesota reminds visitors to its website that 911 can be called from any pay phone, without using money.
Memorise your first and last name, your parents' names, your home address and phone number. This information becomes critical when trying to reunite a lost child with his parents as quickly as possible.
Do not share personal information with anyone you don't know, unless it is with a policeman or adult you can trust. Never talk to or walk toward strangers, and never go anywhere with them. Parents should talk with their children about which adults to trust.
Keep a parent or guardian informed of where you are going. The Edina Police tells kids to bring along a sibling or friend, and avoid going anywhere alone. There is strength in numbers.
Learn which "secrets" should be told to a parent, teacher or other adult. While happy secrets can be kept, do not keep things inside that make you unhappy, scared or uncomfortable. If being touched inappropriately, tell an adult you can trust until something is done about it. The National Center for Victims of Crime reveals that approximately one out of every five kids is sexually abused. Most often, the offender is not a stranger.
Do not give any personal information via the Internet. This is a popular place for predators and sex offenders. If someone is saying things that make you uncomfortable, stop chatting and tell a parent. The "kid" you are talking to online may not be a kid at all. The New Jersey State Police strongly advises parents to set rules and monitor computer use.
Do not enter your home if something looks strange. Go to a neighbour's house and call 911. When at home, do not open the door unless you have looked and know the person. If you don't, let a parent get the door. Do not open the door to strangers if you are home alone. Make sure all windows and doors stay locked, and don't tell strangers--whether over the phone or at the door--that you are alone.
The Memphis Police Department website instructs kids to scream for help and yell loudly to attract attention if someone tries to grab them. Remember details that can help police, such as a person's appearance, places you went or the car description. If possible, jump out of a slow-moving or stopped car and run to the nearest business for help.
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