In order to keep children safe, it is a good idea to share these eight rules for safety with them, over and over again.
1. Before I go anywhere, I always check first with my parents or the person in charge. I tell them where I am going, how I will get there, who will be going with me, and when I’ll be back.
2. I check first for permission from my parents before getting into a car or leaving with anyone, even someone I know. I check first before changing plans or accepting money, gifts, or other items without my parents’ knowledge.
3. It is safer for me to be with other people when going places or playing outside.
4. I say “NO” if someone tries to touch me in ways that make me feel frightened, uncomfortable, or confused. Then I immediately tell what happened to my parents, my teacher, or another grown-up I trust.
5. I know my home telephone number, cell phone numbers, address, and parents’ work numbers. In case of emergency, I should try to contact my parents as soon as possible.
6. I trust my feelings and talk to grown-ups about problems that are too big for me to handle on my own. If someone makes me feel scared or uncomfortable, I know my parents, teacher or other trusted adult will listen and help me.
7. If I am lost, it is wise to look for a uniformed police officer or security guard.
8. I am strong, smart, and have the right to be safe.
Adapted from KNOWING MY EIGHT RULES FOR SAFETY, copyright by NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN.