Back to School Safety Tips from CMPD
Posted on September 26, 2019 10:51 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Back to school is an important time for families to discuss safety with their children, review safety tips and be aware of threats to their children at home and school. The more informed we are as parents, the safer our children and the community will be. Please use the following tips for safety:
· Map out a safe way to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid crossing busy roads and intersections, if possible. Do a trial run with your kids so you can discuss areas to avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people. Encourage kids to walk to school or to the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and wait at bus stops with other children.
· Snap a photo of your child and enter up-to-date descriptions in case it is needed.
· Ask about the safety and emergency plans for your children’s school. How is local law enforcement involved? How are students and parents involved? What emergencies have been considered and planned for?
· Talk to your children about their day. Ask your children if they see anyone bullied, or if anything makes them feel uncomfortable. Look for signs of bullying, like a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, or torn clothing.
· If you see something suspicious, report it to local law enforcement.
· Teach children to resolve problems without fighting. Talk to them about other ways they can work out a problem, such as talking it out, waking away, sticking with friends, or telling a trusted adult.
· Keep an eye on your children’s Internet use. Talk to your children about what they do online: what sites they visit, who they email, and who they chat with. Encourage them to speak up if something makes them uncomfortable, or if they witness forms of cyberbullying, such as threats or harassment.