Walking Safety

TIPS FOR KIDS

  • Tell mom and dad where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Walk with a friend or in a group.
  • Make sure that someone has a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Leave your valuables at home.
  • Do not openly carry things like iPods and cell phones. Keep those items at home, in your pockets, or in your backpack.
  • Don’t listen to loud music while you are walking. Be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Walk in well-lit areas and know the route that you will be taking to and from your destination.  Make sure your parents know the route as well.
  • Stay out of alleyways.
  • Know where you can find help.
  • Be aware of safe people to talk to if you get lost or scared (police, ambulance, firefighter, teacher, neighbour, etc).
  • Know where you can go if you get lost or scared (safe neighbour, police station, hospital, fire station, grocery store).
  • Do not talk to people you do not know or those who make you feel uncomfortable (even if they have other kids with them or say they need help looking for a lost pet or say they know your parents). If someone follows you, call your parent/guardian, dial 911 and/or run to a safe place.  If someone approaches you, yell for help as load as you can.

It is okay to feel scared. Talk with your parents/guardians about where to go if something bad happens.

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