Kidsafe Safety Tips

Child safety is always the top priority for any parent or caregiver. Recently, on October 7th, Wilde East Towne Honda hosted the 3rd Annual Safety Event. Designed to promote and educate families about child safety. We gave parents and caregivers a chance to get their child’s digital fingerprint and photograph on a safe and secure Bio-Document. We are also the first full-time provider of the rare equipment necessary to conduct the fingerprint station, in partnership with Operation Kidsafe.

On the back of each Bio-Document are safety tips. It’s important to educate our children with these safety tips. These tips include: If you are home alone If lost, the most important information to tell a child, and what the biggest myth surrounding this issue is.

If you are home alone

  • Keep the doors and windows locked
  • Don’t open them to anyone you don’t know and trust
  • Speak through a closed door or peephole
  • Never tell anyone you are home alone
  • Immediately call your parents or a neighbor if you are afraid
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers by the phone
  • If the person doesn’t leave, call 9-1-1 or 0 for operator
  • Don’t hand up until you are told to do so; listen for instructions

If lost

  • Stay calm and alert
  • Stay where you are and think
  • Your parents or your group may be looking for you
  • Give them a chance to find you
  • If no one arrives soon, look for a police officer or other trusted adult
  • Know your address and phone number
  • Find a telephone and dial 9-1-1 (pay phones are free for 9-1-1 calls)

Most important information to tell a child

  • Children of all ages should always check first with you or a trusted adult before they go anywhere, accept anything, or get into a car with anyone.
  • Children should not go out alone and should always take a friend with them when they go places or play outside
  • It’s okay to say no if someone tries to touch them or treats them in a way that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused and to get out of the situation as quickly as possible
  • Children need to know that they can tell you or a trusted adult if they feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused
  • Children need to know that there will always be someone to help them, and they have the right to be safe

Biggest myth surrounding this issue

The biggest myth is that the dangers to children come from strangers. In the majority of cases, the perpetrator is someone the parents or child knows, and that person may be in a position of trust or responsibility to the child and family.

Addressing the subject: Parents should choose opportunities or “teachable” moments to reinforce safety skills. If an incident occurs in your community, and your child asks you about it, speak frankly but with reassurance. Explain to your children that you want to discuss the safety rules with them so that they will know what to do if they are ever confronted with a difficult situation. Make sure you have “safety nets” in place so that your children know there is always someone who can help them.

Safety is our priority, please check back next year for our 4th Annual Safety Event and stop in anytime for your free Bio-Document. Also, check out our Honda’s, made with state-of-the-art safety features that will protect you and your family in case of an accident.

Photo credit: Mats Lindh, Kids at zebra crossing via Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) – photo made to fit template in newsletter

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