Is Your Child Street Smart?
Monday, April 23, 2007 - 16:38
In light of what happened recently in
, we think it’s important to share these basic safety rules on how to make sure your child is well prepared for any eventuality. Lachine
- Make a set route with your child and try to ensure that he always follow this same route.
- Make sure that there’s a crossing guard on this route.
- Choose safe places that he will pass by on his way home. A restaurant, a friend’s house, a store or anywhere that he can go into and ask for help.
- Try to find a friend or a neighbor who will always walk with him. It’s safer and more fun.
- Make sure he lets you know if he’s going to be late or going somewhere else. You should know where he is at all times.
- Establish a plan in case you are late. He should have another person he can contact if needed.
- Teach him to cross streets at intersections, to always look both ways before crossing, and to observe lights and traffic signals.
- He should never, in any situation, talk to strangers even if they ask for help or seem nice.
- He should never, in any situation, approach or get into a stranger’s car.
- If he senses danger, he should stay calm but get away as quickly as possible.
- If he has to run, tell him he can drop his school bag or anything else he's carrying so that he can run faster.
- If he encounters someone who makes him feel uneasy, he should go to one of the closest safe places you’ve established together.
- If a stranger gets too close to him or tries to grab him, tell him to scream as loud as he can, “Help - I don’t know this person!”
- If someone tries to grab hold of him, tell him to fight them off by kicking and hitting.
- He shouldn't allow anybody to touch him if it makes him feel bad.
- If something strange happens he should let you and his teachers know right away.
Thank you to the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal.