Is Your Child Street Smart?

In light of what happened recently in Lachine, we think it’s important to share these basic safety rules on how to make sure your child is well prepared for any eventuality.
  • 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