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Know the Rules...General Parental Tips to Help Keep Your Children Safer (PDF
Know the Rules...Abduction and Kidnapping Prevention Tips
Provides straightforward safety tips and guidelines for parents to consider when
talking to their children about personal safety along with recommendations to
better safeguard homes and surroundings
Page One (PDF file)
Page Two (PDF file)
Tips for parents if your child is missing
Basic Rules of Safety for Children
"8 Rules For Safety"
IF YOUR CHILD IS MISSING
Immediately call or go to your local law enforcement agency
(police or sheriff) and file a missing person report. When a child is missing
and believed to be in danger, there is no 24-hour waiting period in Wisconsin.
Bring the most recent color photograph of the child, along
with the child's fingerprints, hair sample, blood type, and physical description
including a description of the clothes the child was wearing.
Here for more information about Amber Alert Plan criteria.
Information about your missing child will automatically be
entered into the National Crime Information Center computer's Missing Person
Report the child missing to the toll-free hotline of the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-843-5678.
The National Center can issue e-mail alerts about your missing child, distribute
posters with your child's photo and information nationwide, and provide support
and other resources for you and your family.
Be alert to a teenager or adult who is paying an unusual
amount of attention to your children or giving them inappropriate or expensive
Contact other non-profit missing child organizations and
state clearinghouses in adjacent states. Register your missing child and find
out what other search assistance and support services they can provide.
Contact the U.S. State Department's Passport Office (Office
of Citizen Appeals and Legal Assistance, Passport Services) at 202-647-0518 in
case the suspect tries to apply for a passport to leave the country with your
Be sensitive to changes in your children's behavior; they
are a signal that you should sit down and talk to your children about what
caused the changes.
Teach your children to trust their own feelings and assure
them that they have the right to say no to what they sense is wrong.
BASIC RULES OF SAFETY FOR CHILDREN
As soon as your children can articulate a sentence, they
can begin the process of learning how to protect themselves against abduction
Children should be taught if you are in a public place and
you get separated from your patents, don't wander around looking for them. Go to
a checkout counter, the security office, or the lost and found and quickly tell
the person in charge that you have lost your mom and dad and need help finding
You should not get into a car or go anywhere with any
person unless your parents have told you that it is okay.
If someone follows you on foot or in a car, stay away from
him or her. You should not get close to any car, unless your parent or a trusted
adult accompanies you.
Grownups and others who need help should not be asking
children for help; they should be asking older people.
No one should be asking you for directions or to look for a
"lost puppy" or telling you that your mother or father is in trouble and that he
or she will take you to them.
If someone tries to take you somewhere, quickly get away
from him (or her) and yell or scream. "This man (woman) is trying to take me
away" or "this person is not my father (mother)."
You should try to take a friend with you, and never go
Always ask your parents' permission to leave the yard or
play area or to go into someone's home.
Never hitchhike or try to get a ride home with anyone
unless your parents have told you it is okay to ride with him or her.
No one should touch you in the parts of the body that would
be covered by a bathing suit, nor should you touch anyone else in those areas.
Your body is special and private.
You can be assertive and you have the right to say no to
someone who tries to take you somewhere, touches you, or makes you feel
uncomfortable, scared or confused in anyway.
8 RULES FOR SAFETY
- Traditional messages of "Don't take candy from strangers,"
"Don't be a tattletale," and "Be respectful to adults, they know what they're
doing" are incomplete and can lead to the abduction and sexual victimization of
children. Children and families do not have to live in fear of these crimes, but
they do need to be alert, cautious, and prepared. The key to child safety is
communication. A child's best weapon against victimization is his or her ability
to think and preparation to respond to potentially dangerous situations. By
learning and following these 8 Rules for Safety, children can empower themselves
with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to better protect themselves.
- 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.
- 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 drugs with out my parents'
- It is safer for me to be with other people when going
places or playing outside. I always use the "buddy system."
- I say NO if someone tries to touch me in ways that make me
feel frightened, uncomfortable, or confused. Then I go and tell a grown-up I
trust what happened.
- I know it is not my fault if someone touches me in a way
that is not O.K. I don't have to keep secrets about those touches.
- I trust my feelings and talk to grown-ups about problems
that are too big for me to handle on my own. A lot of people care about me and
will listen and believe me. I am not alone.
- It is never too late to ask for help. I can keep asking
until I get the help I need.
I am a special person, and I deserve to feel safe. My rules
USE THE "BUDDY SYSTEM"
SAY NO, THEN GO AND TELL
LISTEN TO MY FEELINGS, AND TALK WITH GROWN-UPS I TRUST
ABOUT MY PROBLEMS AND CONCERNS.
PARENT RECORD KEEPING
Keep current identification on each child (such as a recent
photo, video, fingerprints, hair sample, blood type, identifying marks, and
physical description) in a safe accessible place.
Know how to obtain your child's dental x-rays and medical
The NetSmartz Workshop teaches children how to be
safer when using the Internet
Handles leads from individuals reporting the sexual
exploitation of children.
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Internet Safety Tips for Teens
Internet Safety Tips for Kids
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