Playing it Safe




Some Good Rules:

OUTSIDE:
  1. If a car comes near and a driver you do not know wants you to come closer or to get in, or tries to talk to you -- do not go over to the car -- instead, run home as fast as you can, lock the doors, and tell your parents.

    If you are not near home, run to a neighbor's home as fast as you can and ask them to call your parents.

  2. If a car comes near and a driver you do know wants you to come closer or to get in -- do not go near the car -- do not get in (without your parent's permission). Instead, go home immediately and tell your parents.

  3. If a car comes near and a driver tells you he is lost or needs directions -- do not go over to the car -- instead, run home as fast as you can and lock the doors. If he really is lost, a policeman or other grownup can help him.

  4. If a car comes near and a driver tells you he can't find his pet -- do not go over to the car -- instead, run home as fast as you can and lock the doors. If he really cannot find his pet, a policeman or other grownup can help him.

  5. If a stranger tries to get you to come closer to their car to speak to him or to get in, do not go over to the car -- even if he says he cannot hear you -- and even if you cannot hear the stranger very well. Instead, run home immediately, lock the doors, and tell your parents or call 911.

  6. If some person tells you to go with them because your parents are in the hospital or are in some kind of trouble, ask them what the secret password is. If they do not know it, do not go with them. Instead, run home or to a neighbor's house as fast as you can and lock the doors.

  7. If some person asks you to go anywhere with them that sounds strange to you, do not go. Instead, run home, lock the doors, and tell your parents.

  8. If some person offers you any kind of present or prize for going somewhere with them, do not go. Instead, run home, lock the doors, and tell your parents.

  9. When you go outside to play, wear tennis shoes, or other good running shoes. Do not wear shoes that would slow you down or trip you. Do not go barefoot.

  10. When you go outside, play within sight of the grownup who is in charge of you.

  11. If no grownup is watching you outside, then play in groups and not by yourself. If you end up being by yourself, be safe by going inside and finding something fun to do, like watching your favorite Disney video!

  12. If you are playing outside and keeping your door unlocked, make sure you keep an eye on that door to see than no one goes in uninvited. If you will be away from the door that is unlocked, then go get your key and lock the door; or else, tell your parents to lock the door until you get back.


    INSIDE:

  13. When you are at home, keep the doors locked to your house. If you are afraid you will get locked out, then wear your key around your neck, underneath your clothes.

  14. Only go in neighbor's homes where the parents are known to your parents and approved by your parents.

  15. Only go in neighbor's homes if their parents or grandparents are there.

  16. Always ask permission to visit in a neighbor's home. If your parents don't want you to ask permission, then be sure and let them know whose homes you plan to be in.

  17. If you notice strange behavior from anyone in a neighbor's house, go home right away. You don't have to tell anyone why you are leaving. Just leave. Better to be safe than sorry.

  18. If you feel uncomfortable about anyone who is in a neighbor's home, then stay out of that home. Learn to listen to your feelings -- to trust your instincts. You can sometimes tell by an expression on a person's face that they are teasing you; and there is a kind of teasing that is ok.

    But sometimes you can tell that a person is thinking wrong thoughts about you. If this happens, just go home. Better to be safe than sorry. You don't have to stay around people who make you feel uncomfortable, or who give you the feeling that you may be in danger.


    SOME TIPS:

    Act like a lady

  19. If you are a girl, wear your hair braided or in ponytails, not flowing down your back; or else, keep it short. Do not wear very short dresses, or clothes that look too grown-up. If your dresses and skirts are short, you can wear long pants or shorts underneath them, so that your underwear does not show when you are sitting or climbing. Do not wear bright or colorful fingernail polish, costume jewelry, makeup, or "sexy" clothing. Do not wear "bikini" bathing suits. Sit like a lady. Act like a lady. Do not swear, curse, or use bad or "dirty" language -- or what some people call "bathroom" language.
    These are just common sense suggestions that will lower your chance of being noticed by the wrong people. These suggestions also teach you how to keep from looking or acting in a manner that will bring dangerous thoughts into the minds of people who see you.
    Remember this:
    Modesty is a virtue, and may keep you out of harm's way. "Modesty" means dressing and behaving in a manner that is not "sexy" and is not conspicuous (showy). Ask your parents to look up "conspicuous" and discuss what this means.

    Be a gentleman

  20. If you are a boy, be a gentleman by being on the lookout for strangers or troublemakers in your neighborhood, and reporting to your parents if you see them trying to bother any of the children. Notice what they look like, what they sound like, and what their car looks like. If there is real trouble, get your parents or a neighbor to call 911. Go inside and write down what you recall about any troublemakers.

    Remember this:
    Be discreet and be prudent; and this may keep you out of harm's way. This means to be wise, to not do anything that will let suspicious looking people know that you are watching or listening, and to not behave in a conspicuous (showy) manner. Ask your parents to look up "conspicuous" and discuss what this means.

    Main Entry: con·spic·u·ous
    1 : easily seen
    2 : attracting attention : STRIKING
    synonym see NOTICEABLE
    Word Central's Student Dictionary

  21. Try not to be loud and try not to stare at anyone. (To "stare" means to keep your eyes fixed on someone too long.) These are habits that draw too much attention from others. When you are loud, it causes people to watch you and listen to you from a distance. When you stare, it makes others nervous and uncomfortable -- even angry. It is also impolite.




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