Quick guide: Rules - boundaries - know-how
Always stay within sight and or sound of a parent or groups of people. But, stay away from possible abduction areas which are near pathways that lead away from public areas, and stay away from cars, vans, RVs, and trucks.
Being near a road is ok, but observe all vehicles and be prepared to move quickly away when one is driving too fast or eratically, or when close enough for potential abduction.
Practice with parents having conversations with strangers and people outside the immediate family to learn how to identify potentially bad people.
Learn proper protocols and boundaries:
A safe person will not ask you to go somewhere alone with them.
A safe person will not use rules that a parent or guardian does not agree with beforehand on a first-hand, direct communication between parent and child.
A safe new acquaintence will not touch you accept by accident.
A safe new acquaintence will not try to entice you with gifts or out-of-the-ordinary praise or friendliness. Common friendliness is ok, but it does not guarantee trustworthiness.
A safe new acquaintence will not try to coach or direct you in anyway, except when they have been specifically approved by your parent or guardian, after performing background checks.
A safe person will not speak for your parent in your parent's absense about any change of plans.
At activities, clearly communicate to the child and supervisor which specific adults are allowed to supervise and transport.
Also, for activities away from home, clearly communicate to the child and supervisor which specific adults are allowed to give the child a ride home.
Use the buddy system. Clearly communicate who are the buddies and what are the responsibilities each buddy. Grouping of buddies must be three or more and not forced in any way. *Remind them of their duty to each other.
Do practical background checks. There are good on-line resources starting at ChildCareAware.org
***Child safety resources
1. BSA has training for Youth Protection. Go to BSAʼs YPT page Then, scroll down to "Key Resources" Click on one of the Parentʼs Guide Booklets.
For skimming, page 4 has a memory/action structure for this guide; Recognize, Respond, Report (for both parent and child).
Bold headings provide main outline and information locations.
2. "Child Care Aware, a program of Child Care Aware of America, is funded by the Office of Child Care, or OCC. OCC is an office of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)."
Link to http://www.childcareaware.org
3. Licensing of day care facilities can be found by following links at Child Care Aware, among an excellent array of resources, much of which is very helpful to parents in their responsibility to be vigilant. With a little hunting at your stateʼs website, you can find licensed facilities. Click on your state here:
Link to Resources-by-State Map
4. Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) - 1999 by Gavin de Becker:
Go to de Beckerʼs book on Amazon
Then, for computers, scroll down to ‘Editorial Reviews’ and ‘See all Editorial Reviews’. For mobil, scroll down to ‘Description’.