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What should I teach my kids about personal safety?
Teaching your child about the risks of getting lost, taken or abused is an on-going process.  Use “teachable moments” to reinforce and discuss the issues and guidelines your family has worked out.  When you see unsafe situations, talk about how it could be safer. When you decide to do something a certain way for safety, explain your choice to your child.   In all your conversations about dangers, remind your kids that most people love children and that most people in the world want to help children, not hurt them.

How to contact you and emergency services, and their personal information:

About personal safety when out and about:

What kinds of specific stranger situations to look out for:

About “good touch” and “bad touch”:

About uncomfortable or dangerous situations:

To keep the lines of communication open, let them know:

If your child is home alone, make sure they know:

What else do I need to know about my child's personal safety?

What are some warning signs that a person we know may be a pedophile?

Where can I get more information?
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abduction, endangerment, and sexual exploitation of children. Call 1-800-THE-LOST. The NCMEC:

YourChild: The Internet has tips for parents on keeping kids safe from Internet predators.

Written and compiled by Kyla Boyse, R.N.  Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan
Updated May 2008

U-M Health System Related Sites:
U-M Pediatrics

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