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Kids: Rules for Online Safety

  • I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address or telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.
  • I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  • I will never agree to get together with someone I «meet» online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
  • I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
  • I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online service.
  • I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.


Child Internet Safety Tips

Remember that people online may not be who they seem. Because you can't see or even hear the person, it would be easy for someone to misrepresent him or herself. Thus, someone indicating that ‘she’ is a ‘twelve-year-old girl’ could in reality be a forty-year-old man.

Remember that everything you read online may not be true. Any offer that's too good to be true probably is. Be very careful about any offers that involve your coming to a meeting or having someone visit your house.

Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by your children. Discuss these rules and post them near the computer as a reminder. Remember to monitor their compliance with these rules, especially when it comes to the amount of time your children spend on the computer. A child or teenager's excessive use of online services or bulletin boards, especially late at night, may be a clue that there is a potential problem. Remember that personal computers and online services should not be used as electronic babysitters.

Be sure to make this a family activity. Consider keeping the computer in a family room rather than the child's bedroom. Get to know their «online friends» just as you get to know all of their other friends.


Child Christmas Safety Tips

  • Make sure Christmas trees are well anchored and watered so they do not become a fire hazard.
  • Keep all breakable Christmas ornaments, electrical extensions and burning objects (candles, incense and potpourri pots) out of small children's reach.
  • Make sure your fireplace is screened and all trees, presents, and children are kept away from fire.
  • When wrapping presents keep scissors out of children's hands.
  • Make sure infants and toddlers don't play with ribbon.
  • When involving children in holiday baking make sure adults handle all of the hot items.
  • While shopping never let your children out of your sight.
  • If your child is lost in a mall or department store, demand that the store take appropriate action.
  • Follow all age guidelines on toys and do not deviate.
  • Teach children not to succumb to temptation of toys or candy in a shopping environment.
  • Request an escort back to your car when you are finished shopping at night.
  • Never leave your children unattended in a car.
  • Create well-supervised activities for children during Christmas break.


Child Halloween Safety Tips

  • Trick-or-Treat with a group and take along a parent or a teen-aged brother or sister.
  • Trick-or-Treat in neighborhoods you know, you trust and that are well lit. Stay out of dark alleys, dark stairwells or remote locations.
  • Discuss your Halloween route with your parents and the time you will return.
  • Wear clothing that is light in color and not too long. Add something that glows in the dark or is reflective.
  • Wear make-up instead of a mask that can inhibit vision.
  • Take a flashlight and walk on the sidewalks.
  • Cross streets at the crosswalks and stay away from cars.
  • Stay outside the homes you visit.
  • Be sure all treats are wrapped and sealed. Eat them only after a parent checks them first.
  • Trust your feelings! Stay away from strange or uncomfortable situations.
  • If you do not feel safe Trick-or-Treating, do not Trick-or-Treat.
  • Have a fun and SAFE Halloween.


Child Summer Safety Tips

  • Young children should always be supervised when you are near any body of water i.e. - river, lake, pond, pool, spa, bath, etc.). An adult or lifeguard should be on the premises or in the water with the child.
  • Be sure all pool and spa drains are properly secured. Stay away from the drains.
  • Teach your children not to run around the pool. When not using the pool be sure to remove all toys and secure the pool. Teach your children to swim.
  • Life jackets should be worn at all times when on a boat.
  • When bicycling make sure your child has protective gear (i.e. - helmet, pads, gloves, etc.). Children should ride on sidewalks, pathways and away from traffic. Teach your children the rules of the road. At night, wear reflective clothing and have reflective lights on bike.
  • When rollerblading make sure your child has protective gear (i.e. - helmet, pads, gloves, etc.). Roller blade in skating arenas, rollerblading parks or in areas away from cars and pedestrians.
  • Avoid heat stroke by drinking lots of fluids. Use spray bottle water to cool off. Use plenty of sun block (i.e. visor, sun-block, shades, etc.).
  • Always pack a first aid kit when going on trips and/or camping.
  • When hiking always go with a group and stay on the trail. When building a campfire, don't get too close to the fire. Don't feed or play with the wild animals. Always pack a first aid kit. Beware of ticks. Eat healthy foods.
  • Make sure that children do not play in or near the street.
  • Don't play with fireworks.
  • Children travelling alone on airplanes should be assigned aisle seats. This enables flight attendants to keep an eye on them and ensures that they arrive to their destination safely.


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