I posted some tips from Amy Tiemann, a Triangle mom and center director for Kidpower North Carolina, earlier this week about how to make sure online discussions between teachers and students remain appropriate.
Kidpower, a non-profit founded in 1989 and focused on personal safety education for kids and families, also has some Halloween safety tips, which I thought I'd share with you. These come from Kidpower Executive Director Irene van der Zande.
The group's global organization, Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, has reached more than two million people and recently launched a campaign to train the next "One Million Kids Safer." It addresses abuse prevention, bullying prevention and stranger safety.
Van der Zande says the key for adults and kids at Halloween and throughout the year is that we need to stay aware.
Here are some Halloween safety tips from Kidpower:
- Safety does not take a holiday. Don't let the relaxed atmosphere and distractions of holiday activities fool you into getting trapped by the Illusion of Safety Stay aware of where your children are, whom they are with, and what they are doing.
- Kids need to be reminded of their safety rules. Last Halloween was a year ago, and that's a long time in the life of a child. Review the rules about trick or treating with your children - and have them repeat the rules back to you. Remind kids to Stay Aware, Stay Together, Check First before they change their plan, and Think First if you are not available. Give kids a plan for how to get help if they get lost.
- People are safer crossing the street if they can see. Avoid costumes that make it hard to stay aware of cars and other hazards.
- Kids need adult supervision to stay safe. Even if your kids really want to, don't let them go out without adult protection until they have the knowledge and skills they need to take charge of their emotional and physical safety.
- Giving the right answer is not the same as being prepared to make the safest choice. Just knowing what to do is not enough - you also have to be able to do it even if you feel embarrassed, confused, or uncomfortable. Give children and teens opportunities to practice personal safety skills successfully, and show you that they can use them consistently before
deciding to let them go anywhere on their own.
For more Halloween safety tips from Kidpower, click here.
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