Eight Rules of Safety
Keep Your Children Safe
- 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 without my parents' knowledge.
- 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 ok. 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 are: Check First, Use the Buddy System, Say No, Then go and tell, Listen to my feelings, and Talk with grownups I trust about my problems and concerns.
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