These 7 safety tips will keep your children safe and sound in your neighbourhood
Unfortunately no neighbourhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighbourhood safe…
- Know where your children are at all times. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.
- Help children learn important phone numbers. Make sure your children can recite your cellphone number and home address. If they have trouble memorizing things, write them down and have them carry it around at all times.
- Set limits on where your children can go in your neighbourhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are their certain homes in your neighbourhood that you don’t want your children to go to?
- Get to know your children’s friends. Meet their parents before letting your children go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can’t meet their parents, call and chat to them.
- Choose a safe house in your neighbourhood. Pick a neighbours house where your children can go if they need any help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries and police stations.
- Teach children to avoid violence. Role-play talking about problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted by bullies.
- Work together with your neighbours. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behaviour in your neighbourhood. Get to know your neighbours and their children so you can look out for one another.
It is so important to keep your children safe at all times. Simply join with your neighbourhood and create a safe environment for all children.