Let’s protect society’s most valued asset, our childrenFriday, November 09, 2012 by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay Police Service
Crime Prevention is EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY!
Do your part to build strong and safe communities:
1. Discuss crime prevention with your family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers.
2. Protect your family, your property and yourself.
3. Get involved in your community.
4. Speak up for victims of crime.
Theme of the day - “Let’s protect society’s most valued asset, our children”
Protect society’s most valued asset, our children. Child abuse is more likely to be committed by someone they know. Foster a positive relationship with your children so they will not be embarrassed or afraid to discuss problems and issues with you. Know their interests and friends. Recognize any changes in behavior patterns. Help them to develop strong value systems and good self esteem. Help them to enjoy their childhood and adolescence by making them more aware.
The following tips are useful for both parent and child:
• Know where your children are at all times.
• Inform schools, daycares, etc., where to reach you in an emergency.
• Make an emergency kit for your child containing emergency numbers, your work number, medical information and change for a pay phone.
• Always ensure that there is adult supervision when children are using the Internet.
• Learn to recognize suspicious and inappropriate behavior or conversation among strangers, family members and friends.
• Do not answer the door if home alone.
• Children should not permit anyone to touch areas of their body that a bathing suit would cover.
• Remember vehicle licence numbers and the description of the person(s) acting in a suspicious or inappropriate manner.
• Identify signs or logos of organizations dedicated to helping, e.g. schools, police, fire.
• Do not approach or enter a stranger’s vehicle and never hitch-hike.
• Tell a parent or a trusted person if you are being threatened or coerced by gangs/bullies.
• Wear protective gear when participating in recreational activities, e.g. cycling, skateboarding.