Teaching Children Basic Rules Of Safety

As soon as your children can articulate a sentence, they can begin the process of learning about personal safety.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office believes that an ounce of prevention if worth a pound of cure. Therefore we offer the following safety information for your use:

  1. Teach your child his/her name and address and learn how to write them.
  2. Teach your child his/her home telephone number (including area code) and 9-1-1 and how to dial them.
  3. Remind your child that if he/she gets separated from you in a public place, NOT to wander around looking for you. Instead, instruct them to immediately go to a cashier or security guard and tell that person that he/she has lost his/her parents and need help.
  4. Impress upon you child to NEVER get into a car or go anywhere with a person unless your child has your permission to do so.
  5. Instruct your child that if someone follows him/her on foot or in a vehicle, they should run away to a safe place. A safe place is not normally a wooded area, pile of leaves, unoccupied motor vehicles or abandoned building. A safe place is the home of a friend or relative; a store; or any place where there are other people.
  6. Teach you child if a person is talking to him/her from a vehicle, do not go near the vehicle. Adults should ask other adults for help.
  7. Tell you child that if someone tries to take him/her somewhere, quickly get away from the stranger and yell, “This man (woman) is trying to take me away”! Then tell an adult what happened.
  8. Ask you child to use the “buddy system” and avoid going places alone.
  9. Remind you child to NEVER hitchhike.
  10. Explain to your child that no one should ever ask him/her to keep a special secret or to privately take your picture. I someone does, ask your child to tell you, a teacher or other trusted adult.
  11. Teach you child that no one should tough him/her nor should he/she touch anyone else on parts of the body normally covered by a bathing suit.
  12. Explain to you child that he/she has the right to say, “no” to anyone who tries to take him/her somewhere, touch him/her, or makes him/her feel uncomfortable in any way.
  13. Instruct your child not to answer the door when you are not home. Furthermore, your child should not say that he/she is alone when someone calls on the telephone.
  14. Tell you child that he/she should immediately leave and tell an adult if someone, including a friend, is in possession of a gun or other weapon.