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Safety for Children and Teens

Safety for Children and Teens

9-1-1

Show your kids how to dial 9-1-1 and explain that it is for emergencies only. Include the following information:

  • tell the operator what the emergency is
  • give your full address, phone number, and name
  • emergency medical, fire or police personnel are being sent to you even though you are still talking to the operator
  • stay on the line with the 9-1-1 operator until they tell you to hang up

Many surprised parents have received visits from police officers checking that everything is okay after a call was made to 9-1-1 - even if the caller just hung up. Time spent on this can take officers away from other urgent work.

Bullying

Bullying has been in the news more than ever lately, with several high profile and tragic incidents bringing a lot of attention to the subject. Whether you are being bullied, or you are the parent of a child being bullied, or perhaps you are the one bullying, you'll find advice on what to do here:

Bulling - 8-10
Bullying 11-18
Bullying - Parents

Online Safety

The online world is made up of a wide array of people, most of whom are decent, but there are always individuals who are rude, exploitative, and even dangerous. Children need to be taught about both the benefits and the dangers of the Internet, but as a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. Find help here:

Protect Kids Online

Children in the eight-to-ten-year-old range are getting pretty familiar with the online world. What can you do to ensure they stay safe? Find help here:

Zoe and Molly Online

Youth today are facing some of the greatest risks to their safety online. It's crucial to educate them about those risks if they're going to protect themselves. Find help here:

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Strangers and Safety

It's very important to talk to your children about personal safety with age-appropriate information. You will find personal safety tips for children of all ages here:

Kids in the Know


Gangs

Effective parental influence is a key to gang prevention. It is important for parents to trust their own instincts. If you feel something is wrong with your child, it probably is. This instinct can be an early warning signal to work on prevention.

Parents not only influence their own children’s choice to join a gang, they can also be agents of prevention in the neighbourhood. Parents can successfully change attitudes in the community by working together as a team. Most important, they can create a community-wide attitude that rejects gang-related behaviour.

Many parents have developed effective ways to keep their family unit strong and help their children resist the allure of gang membership. The following steps can help prevent gang involvement:

  • talk with your children about alcohol, drugs and gangs – they need accurate, factual information

  • be involved with your children in healthy, creative activities, such as hobbies, sports, school and community events

  • arrange for activities for after school hours; children regularly left alone are often bored and with a lack of supervision have a greater tendency to become involved in gangs, or other negative activities

  • have a tolerance for mistakes or failure, and be supportive; use positive re-enforcement, rather than punishment when possible

  • know where your children are, what they are doing, and who their friends are; consider setting and enforcing a reasonable curfew

  • communicate regularly with parents of your children’s friends

  • listen to what your children say and what their concerns are; good communication will give them the confidence to talk to you about anything

  • encourage your children to get involved in community building projects; when they help build up a community, they are less likely to damage or deface it

  • set clear limits that define what is safe and acceptable and what is not; discipline should always be consistent and fair, and it is important to set a good example

  • learn about gang and drug activity in your community, including finding out how gang members dress and speak, their behaviour and activities
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More Information

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has great advice for keeping children and teens safe, both online and in the real world.

Protect Kids Online

Kids in the Know

CyberTip.ca

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