Although there are 25 suggestions listed, I will only list the ones that pertain to young children in day care settings which also include school age children in afterschool programs. It is highly recommended that you visit the website for the full list as it is a good resource to share with families and those who care for children.
1. Teach children their full names, address, and home telephone number. Make sure they know their parents/guardians' names.
2. Make sure children know how to reach parents/guardians at work or on their cell phone.
3. Teach children how and when to use 911 and make sure children have a trusted adult (beside parents/guardians)to call if they're scared or have an emergency.
Out and About:
4. Teach children to ask permission before leaving home.
5. Remind children not to walk or play alone outside.
6. Teach children that if anyone tries to grab them, they should make a scene and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.
7. Teach children how to locate help at theme parks, sports stadiums, shopping malls, and other public places. Also, identify those people who they can ask for help, such as uniformed law enforcement, security guards and store clerks with nametags.
8. During family outings, establish a central easy to locate spot to meet for check-ins or should you get separated.
9. Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is OK to do so in each instance.
10. Teach children to never approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult.