Kids! The world is a grand, exciting place! But you have to learn to be safe, too.
Drugs that your doctor gives you or medicines that your mother gives you can help you to be well and to feel better. Drugs from other people can be dangerous. Talk to your parents or a teacher or other trusted adult if anybody offers you pills or drugs.
Bullying can happen at school or in your neighborhood. If another child or adult threatens you, tries to steal your money or other possessions, tries to hurt you, or otherwise causes you to feel bad or scared, tell your parents or a teacher or other trusted adult about it.
Computers are so helpful to us at school and at home, but you must remember to be safe on the computer, too. Do not give any personal information on a web site or when filling in forms unless you have permission from your parent or guardian. Nobody needs to know your address or phone number or what school you go to. Be careful when talking online about your plans to your friends. Anyone in the world can read what gets posted on web pages - they are not private just to you and your friends.
Have an Emergency Plan in your house. Talk to your parents/guardians about what to do in case of a fire, tornado, storm, or other event that might cause you to have to leave your house on short notice.
Bicycle riders need to know the rules of the road. That mean that YOU need to know the safe way to ride your bike. Ride on the right side of the road, with the flow of traffic. Watch for cars and trucks and be careful of parked cars. Wear a helmet to protect your head in case you fall or are knocked off your bike. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing. Have a bell or horn and use it when you need to!
Strangers are all around you - anyone you do not know well is a stranger. Be careful of what you tell a stranger, if you talk to them, but don't even talk to anyone you don't know if you are in a situation where that might be dangerous. Stay in safe areas, where there are people you know, and people who can help you if there is trouble. You can go to a teacher, a police officer, a librarian, or even a clerk behind the counter in a store for help if you are lost or if a stranger approaches you.
Know and memorize your full name, your address and city and state, your phone number and area code, your parents' full names, the place and phone numbers where your parents/guardians work, and any other important information that would help you in case you were lost or had an accident.
Web sites especially for kids and teens:
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Drugs: What You Should Know
Ready Kids - Be Prepared in Every (emergency) Situation
McGruff (online stories, advice, and games)
the Kids! Students! Teens! web page
Fire safety tips for kids from Firefighter Frank [video]