How to protect your children

Our children are our greatest assets. Protecting them and teaching them safety techniques is our responsibility.
Teach children never to talk to strangers.

Teach children never to ride their bikes alone; always ride with a buddy and always wear their helmet.

Teach children to never play in the street.

Teach children to always look both ways and watch for cars before entering or crossing the street.

Establish neighborhood boundaries in which a child may play.

Teach children to never open the door to a stranger when home alone.

Teach children that, when answering the telephone, never give out any personal information or let the person who calls know if they are alone.

Teach children to be sure to let their parents know exactly where they will be and for how long, and to always call and let them know if they decide to go somewhere else.

If a child should see a gun, teach children to stop, don’t touch, call an adult.

Teach children to never get into a car with someone they don’t know.

If a child feels threatened, teach children to run away as fast as they can.

Develop a secret password that must be used if someone unfamiliar is to pick them up from school or play.

If a child comes home and something about their house doesn’t look right, teach them to go immediately to a neighbor’s for help.

For further information on this or others safety topics please contact the University of Florida Police Department’s Community Services Division at 392-1409.