Even at an early age, you can help your child remain safe by having them commit to and understand these simple rules that help them avoid danger, especially from strangers:
- Before going anywhere, I will get permission from my parents by telling them where I am going, who I am going with, how I am getting there, who is going with me and how I will be getting back.
- I will get permission from my parents before getting into a car or leaving with anyone, including people I know.
- I will not change my plans or accept money or gifts without telling my parents. If someone offers me drugs, I will tell a grown-up immediately.
- I will use the "buddy" system whenever possible and will avoid playing or going places by myself.
- I will not keep it a secret if a grown-up touches me in a way that makes me feel confused, but will tell a grown-up I trust. Also, I won't feel guilt if it happens because it is not my fault.
- I will trust my feelings and will share them with grown-ups I trust. They care about me and I am not alone.
- If I feel unsafe, I will never give up and will continue asking for help until I get it.
- I will keep myself safe because I am a special person who deserves it.