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With the second half of the school year about to start, Fidelity ADT would like to remind all parents of the safety measures their children should follow when walking to and from school.
Residents should look at the start of the second part of the year, as the perfect chance for a refresher course. It is important to make sure your kids know what to do and what to avoid.
We suggest sharing the following safety tips with your kids, and that they are encouraged to practise them every day:
- Children must always walk to or from school with a friend or friends. If your child walks alone, it’s a good idea to ask a teacher or other parents if they know of other kids from the area who do the same.
- Stick to streets you know and never take short cuts through unfamiliar or quiet areas.
- If you get picked up at school, always wait inside the grounds for your lift to arrive; do not leave the premises to go and look for them in the street.
- Remember, your parents would never send someone you don’t know to fetch you. Never get into a stranger’s car even if they claim that someone you love is hurt and that they are supposed to pick you up.
- If a stranger approaches you, do not talk to them no matter how friendly they may seem. If someone tries to grab you, fight, kick and scream that they are not your mom or dad.
We recommend that parents also talk to their children about being safe when they are alone at home:
- It is important that they know to always keep entry and exit doors locked, and that nobody is to enter the property without your permission.
- If you have a home security system installed teach them how to activate and de-activate it and how and when to use other security devices like panic buttons.
- It is a good idea to have a list of emergency contacts near the telephone or stored on their mobile phone, and to explain to children when and how it must be used.
Any conversation about safety should also include a talk about online safety:
- Never post any personal information online – like an address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Your child should always tell you if an online contact they have never met suggests they meet up.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
- If a child sees something online that makes them feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: they should leave the website, turn off their computer and tell someone immediately.