Saftey at home, in school and in public


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Tips and advice for both children and adults on the dangers of strangers and how to protect against them. This document provides great advice on how to keep your children safe when they are at home, in school, or in public.

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Saftey at home, in school and in public

  1. 1. How to be safe at home, in school and in public.This information was shared with us at Snikiddy by one of our staff members who’s child attends a school in Lafayette, CO. It was presented to the children by Mr. Christopher Spann from Vision Quest Martial Arts in Lafayette, CO .The Most Important Rule: The Most important self defense tool is your brain; and theNUMBER 1 RULE is: You never go anywhere without your parents/guardians’ permission.The Ten Evil Warriors someone might use to lure children: Discuss these with your children,test them to see if they can identify them, or have them give you examples.10 Evil Warriors1. Gift Giver lures you with a gift 2. Friendly offers to be friends or include you in a desired activity 3. Game Player plays a game to earn trust (and then it may become uncomfortable) 4. Helpless needs your help (help me find lost cat, sister or carry something because she has acast/crutches) 5. The Leader person who looks like they are in power (may have a uniform) and may askyou to come with him/her 6. Messenger comes with a message for you from your parent (your mom has a flat tire andasked me to pick you up) 7. Magician knows a lot of info about you (name, school, teacher, etc) and uses it to gain trust 8. Promiser the person promises that everything is OK and your parents won’t mind 9. Cool The person is cool or fun and entices you because of his/her status 10. Scary The person just grabs you (no talking/negotiation is involved). Tell your children totry the Fish Self Defense (put both hands above the head, wiggle like a fish and yell “You arenot my Mom/Dad !”) Additional Points to Discuss with your Children:
  2. 2. “Bathing Suit Rule” –you do not let anyone touch you and/or you do not touch anyone where youwear a bathing suit without permission. Even a doctor will ask permission. If at any time youfeel uncomfortable, go to a trusted adult. It is OK to be rude when something becomes uncomfortable or breaks the #1 rule (even ifinitially they talked to him/her or started to follow him/her).Try Role Playing with your Children:Role Play with your children on how to get out of an uncomfortable situation (put both hands outin front of them in a stop signal while taking 2 steps back and saying loudly, “I don’t knowyou”).Additional Tips for Adults:Code words are not the best way to teach a child to trust or go with someone. It is better to tellthem that they must call you and speak to you directly to get permission before going anywherewith someone (even people you know).Teach your children that most strangers are good people and not all strangers are bad. Havethem practice talking to strangers (grocery clerk, etc.) when you are with them.Don’t put the child’s whole name on the outside of the backpack, instead use initials (and writethe name on the inside).Teach children to not take shortcuts when they get permission to go to someone’s house (stay onnormal route and visible path).It is not OK to keep secrets from parents/guardians. There is a difference between a secret and asurprise (a surprise means parents will find out and be happy about it).