Keeping your children safe

Written by Scott Shaper

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What do you do if you think that someone is following you? Don't be alone. Immediately run to a friend's house orrepparttar nearest store and tell them. What if a stranger ever threatens you or tries to grab you? Shout "HELP" and "I don't know you" and "call 911". And get away fast. Make a big scene so people will come. Carry and use a personal attack alarm. Most abductors and molesters will run away if their victim fights and attracts attention with noise.

What if you're home alone and someone calls for your mother or father? A child should never tell anyone they're home alone. Just tell them "My parents can't come torepparttar 150523 phone right now. I'll take a message." And never openrepparttar 150524 door to any stranger.

What if you get separated while you are shopping or in another public place? Whenever you go shopping, set up a meeting place. If you get separated, don't search for each other. Immediately go torepparttar 150525 meeting place. Or ask a police officer, guard, or employee for assistance.

Encourage children to walk and play together, to watch out for each other. Young children should not be out alone, especially inrepparttar 150526 evening.

Explain that if they're ever lost or abducted that you will look for them until you find them. No matter what. This is critical. Most abducted children are told byrepparttar 150527 abductors that their parents don't want them anymore. If they believe it, they have no place else to go.

Knowrepparttar 150528 basics: Another thing that we did at safety town was to make surerepparttar 150529 children memorizedrepparttar 150530 following: Their first and last name Their age Their street address Their full telephone number with area code Their parent's first and last name(s) This information is very important and not very hard for even a young child to remember as long as someone helps them. It would be a good idea to make it a daily practice of having your child repeatrepparttar 150531 above listed information to you on a daily basis, that way they should get it memorized pretty quick. As a police officer I had come across lost children who were unable to give me their basic information, which made getting home a lot harder.

There are more dangers then just strangers: Another thing that was addressed in safety town was lettingrepparttar 150532 children understand what dangerous things they might find and what to do. Items such as guns, knives, syringe needles etc…, which they may unfortunately find in parks or even school playgrounds.

To give an example I was once dispatched to a residence where someone had overdosed on heroin. The other people that were with him got scared they would get into trouble and pulledrepparttar 150533 syringe out of his arm and threw it outside into a snow bank. We had to pull teeth to getrepparttar 150534 information out ofrepparttar 150535 addicts friends regarding what they did withrepparttar 150536 syringe. Finally we were able to locate it inrepparttar 150537 snow bank. This snow bank was located in a elementary school yard that was adjacent torepparttar 150538 apartment complex whererepparttar 150539 heroin user was found. The area whererepparttar 150540 snow bank was, was right next to a path thatrepparttar 150541 kids took to go to school. I also want to emphasize thatrepparttar 150542 heroin user was also tested positive for hepatitis C. I want to further note that I worked for a small suburban city that was forrepparttar 150543 most part a safe community. Do not fall underrepparttar 150544 false sense of security that just because you do not live inrepparttar 150545 inner city that you or your children will be safe from criminal activity.

The above example showsrepparttar 150546 importance of children to be able to recognize these things and contact an adult about them if found, but not to touchrepparttar 150547 items themselves. A good way to get children to identify with what these objects look like, is to find photographs of them and explain torepparttar 150548 child what they are and what to do if found.

We have included on this website two free downloadable pamplets courtesy of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children they are as follows: Personal safety for children - A guide for parents Knowing my 8 rules for safety - A guide for children To obtain these documents click onrepparttar 150549 link listed below you will find this identical article except atrepparttar 150550 end you will be able to downloadrepparttar 150551 files.

Scott Shaper is a former police officer with over 14 years law enforcement experience. He is also the author of the popular book Crime Awareness 101 and operates the website

Tips for Working with the Oppositional Child

Written by Sheree S. Marty, BSE, MA

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-Phrase requests which are more likely to bring an oppositional response with a negative statement…”I don’t expect you would want to….” Or “You probably wouldn’t want to…..”

-Create a situation where it is more worthrepparttar child’s while to be part of.

-Use distraction.

-Give choices which giverepparttar 150491 student some control.

-Giverepparttar 150492 student a specific leadership role during stressful transitions, such as day

care dismissal. Monitoring younger children for appropriate dismissal behavior, such as sitting quietly, would be an example of a specific leadership role.

These children can be extremely challenging. Should a pattern of continuing emotionality become evident, additional advice from professionals, such asrepparttar 150493 child's pediatrician or a school guidance counselor, would be recommended in order to develop a positive behavior support system to help ensure behavioral success.

Sheree S. Marty has worked with elementary school children as a school counselor for the past nine years. A physical education teacher for thirteen years, Ms. Marty earned her Master degree in Counseling in 2000. Ms. Marty is the author and owner of "Chinese Jump Rope", a childrens games book and website. For more information, visit

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