Police are reminding parents to reinforce basic safety principles with their kids about what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
As our kids head back to school, parents are reminded that it is important to speak with their children and youth about keeping safe when going to and from school, said Corporal Dana Napier of the Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit.
Children and youth should partner up when walking or playing away from the home, and avoid conversations with strangers.
If approached, children should keep their distance and seek the help of a trusted adult they know, said Cpl. Napier. Children should be given the confidence to say ‘No’ to adults if they are requesting their help, offering gifts, or wanting to play a game.
If a person tries to grab a child, the child should yell, scream, make as much noise as possible, and try to run away. By creating a disturbance, a person’s attention can be drawn to the situation, she added. Children are also encouraged to yell out, Help, this is not my parent!
Some tips for street proofing
Establish a code word for the family to identify a safe person in emergencies
Children should know their home address and phone number
On a public bus sit near the bus driver
Stay ‘unplugged’ and be aware of your surroundings.