CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW THESE KIDPOWER SAFETY RULES:
· A stranger is just someone you don't know and can look like anybody.
· Don't let a stranger get close to you, talk to you, or give you anything, unless you check first with the adult in charge.
· If you are old enough to be out on your own without an adult to ask, it is safer to be where there are other people close by to get help if you need it. Don't give personal information to a stranger or to someone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
· It is OK to get help from strangers if an emergency is happening to you, and there's no one close by that you know.
· Check first with the adult in charge before you go anywhere with anyone (a stranger or someone you know). Be sure to inform the adult in charge where you are going, who will be with you, and what you will be doing.
· A stranger can be nicely dressed, can look friendly and can be friendly.
· A stranger should NEVER ask you for assistance.
· A stranger should NEVER ask you to help find a lost puppy or kitten.
· A stranger should NEVER offer you candy, money or a ride in their car.
· ALWAYS check with your parent or the person in charge of you before going anywhere or getting into a car-even with someone you know.
· ALWAYS get permission from your parents or the person in charge of you before leaving the yard or a play area.
· ALWAYS take a friend when you go places or play outside.
· NEVER tell anyone that you are home alone when answering the phone.
· NEVER answer the door when you are home alone or when no adult is home with you.
· If a stranger tries to grab you YELL "you're not my mom!" or "you're not my dad!"
· If a stranger tries to grab you GET AWAY!!! Run to a neighbor's house, to an open school or to an open business. Discuss places you can go in your neighborhood.
· If a stranger tries to grab you TELL AN ADULT! A parent, a grandparent or a teacher are good people to tell. Discuss people you know who you can tell.
· Say NO if someone tries to touch you or treat you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or confused. ALWAYS tell your parent or a trusted adult.
· Make sure you know your full name, your address and how to call 9-1-1
Children need to practice:
· How to stand and walk with awareness and confidence.
· How to keep a safe distance from someone approaching them.
· How to walk away from a stranger without talking or hesitating even if that person is being very nice.
· How to make a plan for getting help if they need it.
· How to make noise, run, and get to safety in case of an emergency.
· How get assistance from a busy or insensitive adult.
For more information, please call (719) 520-1311
You can also contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7410