Ø Talk with your child about safety. Keeping the lines of communication open with your child is the most important factor in keeping your child safe. Ask open-ended questions and use phrases such as “tell me more about-----“ and “what do you think about-----?
Ø Set clear rules and limits for your child.
Ø Recognize changes in your child’s normal behavior, which may be warning signs that something is wrong.Encourage your child to report any suspicious or threatening activity.
Ø Familiarize yourself with the safety procedures and protocols at your child’s school.
Ø Talk with school officials if you suspect that your child is troubled by something or someone.
Ø Encourage your child to talk with teachers, school administrators, and police.
Ø Encourage your child to participate in school activities and athletics.
Ø Create a before and after school communication plan so you know where your child is.
Ø Be an involved parent – visit your school often, check homework, talk with teachers.Maintain current contact information with the school.
Ø Cyber security is increasingly a concern for the safety and wellbeing of children. Talk with your child about exercising common sense when using the internet and cell phones.
Ø Supervise your child’s use of computers, tablets, cell phone calls and texting, and social media.
Ø Know your child’s passwords and check their electronic devices regularly.
Ø Use parental control for all internet and electronic communication.
Ø Instruct your child not to give out personal information.
Ø Child victimization over the internet is real! Report all suspicious activity to school administrators and police.
For additional information contact Jesse Lunsford, 613-5010To report threatening or suspicious activity to police, call 667-2151