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CHILD SAFETY AND AWARENESS - #3
KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE BY TEACHING THEM THE
What if, for some reason, your child needs to be picked up from somewhere, like school or a sporting event by someone other than yourself. You have always stressed, that they were not to go with anyone without your permission. What do you do?
A code word is a word you and your child select for just this type of situation. It can be as simple as the word “Superman.” The person who is sent is given the code word by the parents with the instruction that it needs to be mentioned to your child before he or she will willingly go with them.
To be effective, the importance of its’ use should be emphasized by you. Its importance needs to be continuously reinforced by asking your child anytime they leave home to repeat the code word to you. The direct benefit here is that you both are reminded as to what the code word is. In time, the whole thing will become habit and an accepted predator countermeasure. Once used, it should be changed. Many parents who utilize this procedure have the current code word attached to the refrigerator with a magnet as a constant reminder.
CODE WORD SCENARIOS
You’ve just finished little league baseball practice and are waiting to be picked up by your dad, when a man, whom you know as a friend of your dad’s, approaches you and says he’s supposed to take your home. What would you do?
ANSWER: Ask that person “What is the Code Word?” If they do not know the code word, do not go near or get in the car. Run away. Your coach should still be there. Tell him what happened, use his phone and call your parents.
You’re waiting at school to be picked up by your mother when a man approaches you and explains that your mother has been hurt and you need to go with him. What do you do?
ANSWER: Ask that person “What is the Code Word?” If they do not know the code word, do not go near or get into the car. Run away. Go back into the school if possible and tell a teacher, custodian and/or principal. Then call your parents.
You’re at the movie theater waiting to be picked up by your older brother, when a man comes up to you and says that he’s supposed to take you home. What would you do?
ANSWER: Do not under any circumstances go with this person. Run away. Go back inside the theater and tell the management what happened and call your parents.
Your bike has a flat tire and you call your mother for a ride; she says that she will pick you up right away. Instead, a man shows up and says he’ll take you home. What would you do?
ANSWER: Tell them “Thank you, but NO.” Do not under any circumstances go with this person. If they try to force you, leave the bike and run away. The bike can be replaced. However, you cannot be replaced.
We want our children to be safe. It is important that we teach, teach and teach them some more. Then as a parent we must remind, remind and remind them even more. Open and constant lines of communication and education with our children is essential to their ongoing safety.
Professor Garland R. Johnson