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Child Safety - Keeping the Kids Safe this Christmas

Monday, 27 November 2006

CHILD SAFETY - KEEPING THE KIDS SAFE THIS CHRISTMAS

Today we will look at the best way to teach your child how to keep themselves safe outside the home and what you can do to ensure their safety even when you are with them.

Tess Noonan, ISPCC's regional manager and Angelene Conefry, in charge of community policing in Dun Laoghaire are here to tell us more. They will also be answering your queries and calls so if you have a question, get in touch today. Just call our comment line on 1850 71 71 11. The lines open today at 2:30pm and remain open until the end of each weekday programme. You can also e-mail us at emails@theafternoonshow.ie or text STUDIO followed by your thoughts to 53555.

Always remember
. Parents should devise a safety plan with their children and a point of reference if they get lost.
. Parents should remove all name tags from coats and bags and charm bracelets with names on them. If you have to have a name on a garment just put an initial.
. Children should be told to walk tall and confidently as vulnerability marks you out.
. Children should be taught to tell an adult, a teacher or a parent if they spot something suspicious such as car outside their school.
. They should learn the initials of counties i.e. MH for Meath so that they can track a car reg.
. If a child or parent are both going to be late they should make contact via mobile or via school reception.

Tips to keep safe
. Always have a point of contact.
. Always have money for a public phone box, in case your mobile runs out of battery.
. Going to and from school don't take shortcuts and don't change your route.
. Never take a lift unless your teacher or parent gives you permission.
. Never ask for directions.
. If a stranger asks for directions keep at arms length.
. If a stranger tells you they have lost their puppy and can you help them find it, say no but you'll ask your mum or dad to help you.
. Children should be taught rules of personal safety based on their age group.

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