- Map out a safe route to school or bus stop. Avoid crossing busy roads and intersections.
- If your child rides a bus, make sure they are familiar with the route and can recognize their bus stop before school starts.
- Make sure your child or children know their full name, birth date, home address, and phone number or numbers for parents or other responsible adult.
- Talk to you children about the importance of not talking to strangers. Tell them what to do if a stranger approaches them. Make sure they understand to never accept a ride from a stranger.
- If your child has a cell phone, warn them about the dangers of distracted walking and the possibility of a thief snatching the phone out of their hands.
- Talk to your children about how to resolve issues with other children and how to deal with bullies.
- Keep an eye on your child’s Internet use. Monitor what sites they visit and who their friends are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and etc.
- Talk to them about the sexual predators who pose as children on social media and interactive games.
- If your child or children are home alone after school, tell them to lock the doors and do not answer the door for anyone.Ensure they check in with you upon their arrival.
If you choose to post your child’s first day at school pic on social media, be careful what information you reveal