• Place the computer in a central location in the home. (Kitchen, family room; even if it is a lap top) Have a computer contract with your children. For specific topics to cover see www.netsmartz.org. or wiredsafety.org
  • Remind children (of all ages), not to share personal information on the computer including obvious information such as their name and telephone number, as well as revealing information such as the name of their school or sports team.
  • Talk to your children, tweens and teens, about what to do if they come across information, material, or pictures which are inappropriate or make them uncomfortable. (Tell them directly that you want them to come to you with this information.)
  • Remind children they should not send pictures of themselves without checking first with their parents. Remind children (of all ages) not to share Internet passwords with anyone (this applies to our youngest Internet users on Webkinz!).
  • Discuss with your children issues of cyber bullying – if they receive derogatory information aimed at them personally or towards someone else, they should NOT forward this information and must share the information with a trusted adult.

Does your child know?

  • If he/she is in danger or lost, call 911.
  • If someone wants their help they should ask their trusted adult first.
  • To yell if someone approaches them and tells them not to yell.
  • To tell an adult if someone does something to them and tells them not to tell.
  • To trust their instincts.
  • They don’t have to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Parents, do you know?

  • Never leave your child unattended in a car or public place.
  • What your child is wearing on a daily basis.
  • Your child’s friends and their parents.
  • The route your child walks to and from school.
  • To carry a current picture of your child with you at all times.
  • To always perform background checks on anyone taking care of your child.
  • To check online for sex offenders in your area.
  • Never put your child’s name on backpacks or clothing.

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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