Children’s role in Child Protection

Rules for younger children

  • I KNOW my name, address, telephone number, and my parents’ names.
  • I always CHECK FIRST with my parents or the person in charge. I tell them before I go anywhere or get into a car, even with someone I know.
  • I always CHECK FIRST with my parents or a trusted adult before I accept anything from anyone, even from someone I know.
  • I always TAKE A FRIEND with me when I go places or play outside.
  • I SAY NO if someone tries to touch me or treat me in a way that makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
  • It’s OK to SAY NO, and I KNOW that there will always be someone who can help me.
  • I KNOW that I can TELL my parents or a trusted adult if I feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
  • I am STRONG, SMART, and have the right to be SAFE.

Rules for older children

  • DON’T GO OUT ALONE. There is safety in numbers. This rule isn’t just for little kids, it applies to teens, too.
  • ALWAYS TELL AN ADULT WHERE YOU’RE GOING. Letting someone know where you’ll be at all times is smart. If you’re faced with a risky situation or get into trouble, your family and friends will know where to find you.
  • SAY NO IF YOU FEEL THREATENED.If someone — anyone — touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, you have the right to say no. Whether it is pressure about sex, drugs, or doing something that you know is wrong, be strong and stand your ground.

What you can do at school

  • lways TAKE A FRIEND when walking or riding your bike to and from school. Stay with a group while waiting at the bus stop. It’s safer and more fun to be with your friends.
  • If an adult approaches you for help or directions, remember grownups needing help should not ask children for help; they should ask other adults.
  • If someone you don’t know or feel comfortable with offers you a ride, say NO .
  • If someone follows you, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. Always be sure to TELL your parents or a trusted adult what happened.
  • If someone tries to take you somewhere, quickly get away and yell, “This person is trying to take me away!” or “This person is not my father (mother)!”
  • If you want to change your plans after school, always CHECK FIRST with your parents. Never play in parks, malls, or video arcades by yourself.
  • If you go home alone after school, check to see that everything is okay before you go in. Once inside, call your parents to let them know that you are okay.
  • Trust your feelings. If someone makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, get away as fast as you can and TELL a trusted adult.

Source : National Tracking System for Missing and Vulnerable Children