what-if-FB-size11 A Great way to teach your children about their safety is to use the “What If” game. All it takes is you asking your child “What If” Safety Questions…See how they answer (if you have never taught your child about personal safety they will probably give you the wrong answer, when they do it’s important to stay calm and keep what we call in KidSafe a ” poker face.” When you overreact your children shut down and stop talking. The goal is to get them to continue to talk to you. If they do not give you the safest and smartest choice, this is your chance to help guide them to a safer choice.Sample QuestionsThe “What if?” Game can be used as an informal way to teach children personal Safety skills. Keep in mind that the game is fun, and should help you to see how your child is processing how to make the safest and smartest choices.

Note: Fear is not an effective teaching tool.

  1. What if you are at recess at school and you need to use the bathroom.
    a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Take a trusted adult with you)
  2. What if you are out with a friend and their parent and you need to use the bathroom.
    a. What do you say what do you do? (Hint: Tell the trusted adult they need to take you)
  3. What if you are playing outside your house with a group of friends and a neighbor invites you into their house.
    a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Check First with your trusted adult)
  4. What if a neighbor (an adult) asks you to help them (bake chocolate chip cookies, carry some bags
    into the house, etc.).

    a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Check First with your trusted adult)
  5. What if you are walking to school with a friend and a car pulls up next to you and asks for directions to the school.
    a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Adults a child does not know should not be asking a child for help. Yell No! Run and Tell)
  6. What if you are home alone and there is a knock at the door.
    a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Plan of Action)
  7. What if you are at the store with your adult and you want to go see a different section.
    a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Check First, Buddy System.)
  8. What if you are at a store, or big park, like Disney World, and you get separated from your family, (or on a field trip and get separated).
    a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Plan of Action, Personal Information, Accessing Help)

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

To Top