There are many different types of safety; personal safety, gun safety and fire safety are only a few. To help prepare yourself for any situation and help you to act in a safe and proactive way, it is important to know what to do and how to handle tough or dangerous situations before they happen; it is always better to be prepared. To help you learn and practice basic safety, refer to the following information and resources.
Child Safety in General
Safety is important, no matter how old you are, and it can mean many different things, including personal safety, safety at school, on the playground and at home. We have many different tips and ideas to help you stay safe in all of these different places; there are some tips that can work no matter what the situation. The following general safety tips have information to help you stay safe in many different ways.
- Student Safety Tips
- Your Online Safety Guide
- School Bus Safety
- Playground Safety for Kids
- Kidd Safety
- Traffic Safety
- FBI Kids Safety Tips
Sometimes its hard to recognize who is a friend and who is a stranger. It can get confusing when you see so many people at school, out at the park, around the mall or around the neighborhood. To be safe, it is important to follow certain safety precautions around people you are unfamiliar with. If confronted by a stranger, it is important to alert an adult, such as a parent, teacher or police officer. Use the following resources to learn about “Stranger Danger” and test your knowledge of what to do if you are around someone you don’t know.
- How to be People Smart
- Stranger Danger Points to Remember
- Who Is A Stranger? (PDF)
- Stranger Danger Quiz
- Coloring Pages: Stranger Danger (PDF)
Bullying is treating others disrespectfully and making them feel bad about themselves. It can take on many different forms, including name-calling, creating rumors and physically hurting someone. There is never any excuse for bullying and it is important for each student to stand up for him or herself and others if they see a classmate of friend being treated poorly. Bullying doesn’t always happen in school, it can also happen over the Internet. Cyber bullying is a major concern for all grade levels. Some students think that bullying someone in a chat room or on a social media website is less hurtful, but that is not always true. For more information about bullying and what you can do to prevent it, check out these resources.
- A Thin Line – Cyber Bullying
- Bullying Statistics – How Widespread is Violence in Our Schools?
- Dealing with Bullying
- PBS: What is Bullying
- Teens Against Bullying
- All About Bullying
Practicing gun safety is very important, no matter where you are or what type of gun it may be. Some people choose to have guns in their home for protection, others use them for hunting; one thing these scenarios have in common is the potential to become fatal. Properly cleaning, storing and operating a firearm can go a long way in preventing injuries and fatalities. The most basic rule about gun safety is to stay away from them unless supervised by an adult who has experience handling firearms. The following are some gun safety resources to make sure you are informed and understand the potential guns have to be harmful.
- Take the Gun Safety PLEDGE
- What Can You do to Stop School Violence? (PDF)
- Gun Safety Statistics and Information (PDF)
- McGruff’s Gun Advice
Important Gun Facts and Safety Tips
Knowing and practicing proper fire safety can save lives! Simple things like stop, drop and roll aren’t just for kids; it is important that everyone learn and understand the dangers of fires and smoke inhalation; remember, smoke can be just as dangerous as the fire itself. Don’t get stuck in a dangerous situation; if you suspect a fire, get out to a safe area and dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. These resources can help you learn basic fire safety and what to do in the case of an emergency.