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Kids' Korner

KIDSí KORNER


Internet Safety

How to be safe in parks and play areas

If you are in an accident

What should I do if someone offers me drugs or alcohol?

Strange Animals

What should I do if I think my friend is using drugs or alcohol?

Safety on Wheels

What should I do if I find drugs?

How to deal with a bully

What to do in case of fire

How to call for help

What if my clothes catch fire?

What should I do if someone picks a fight?

What if I wake up and there is a fire?

What if I get lost?

Electrical Safety

What if the telephone rings?

What if I find a gun, knife or other weapon?

Internet Safety

Just as you stay away from strangers on the street, be careful about strangers on the Internet.

  • If anyone uses bad language or mentions things that make you uncomfortable, don't respond and log off immediately.
  • Never give your real last name, address, or telephone number to anyone; if someone asks for this information (or for your password) , don't respond. Log off and tell a trusted adult.
  • Never agree to meet with someone you've talked with on the Internet without asking permission from your parents first.
  • There are places on the NET which are for adults only; if you find yourself in an "adults-only" place, or anywhere you think you shouldn't be, leave!
  • There are plenty of good "kid places" on the net.

What to do if you are in an accident

  • Try to remain calm. Immediately find a trusted adult.
  • If an adult is not present, call 911 or "0" for operator.
  • Briefly state the problem.
  • Give your full name and address.
  • Remain on the telephone for questions and instructions.

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    Strange Animals can be Dangerous

  • Never approach or try to pet an unfamiliar animal.
  • Always ask a dog's owner if you may pet the dog.
  • Never tease or hit a strange animal.
  • Be cautious; animals may bite when they get excited. Remember! A small bite can be dangerous. It is important to let an adult know if you are bitten.
  • If a trusted adult is not around, call 911 or "0" for Operator. Don't hang up until you are told to do so; listen for instructions!

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Bikes, Roller blades, Skateboards, Scooters....

  • Head injuries can be serious. Protect your head; ALWAYS wear a helmet!
  • See and be seen--wear proper clothes and reflectors.
  • Make sure your equipment is safe and properly adjusted.
  • Use marked paths and safe areas when possible.
  • Use hand signals when turning. When riding bikes on the street, always go in the same direction as car traffic.
  • Don't ride double.
  • STOP before riding out into traffic from a driveway, sidewalk, alley, or parking lot. LOOK left, right, and left again. When there's no traffic, Enter roadway
  • Always give pedestrians the right of way

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How to Deal with a Bully

  • Always try to stay with a group of friends.
  • Walk straight and tall as if you are not afraid.
  • Say "No" and walk away.
  • Never argue or fight with a bully
  • Don't be a bully yourself. Treat others with kindness
  • Stick up for kids who are being bullied
  • Tell a trusted adult.

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How to Call for Help!

  • Call for police, firefighters or emergency medics; dial 911 or call "O" for Operator.
  • Always call from a safe location.
  • Tell the emergency person what is wrong. Speak slowly
  • Give your full name and the address at which help is needed.
  • Hang up only when you are told to do so; listen for questions or instructions.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 as a joke or prank. You can get into serious trouble. More importantly, you can delay someone else getting the help they need in an emergency.
  • If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, don't hang up. Tell the 9-1-1 operator there is no emergency and you dialed by accident. If you hang up before speaking with the operator, they could send emergency crews to your location needlessly.

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Avoid Fights

  • Learn how to solve problems peacefully
  • It takes real courage to walk away from a fight.
  • Fights are not the answer to solving problems.
  • Take a step back.
  • Get the facts straight.
  • Be willing to listen and don't be afraid to admit you might be wrong. Discuss ways to solve the problem.

If the telephone rings,

  • Talk to your parents about how and when you should answer the telephone.
  • If you are allowed to answer the phone, say "hello" but never give your name.
  • Never give out information about your family.
  • Never tell the caller you are home alone.
  • If you get a prank call, don't say anything, just hang up.
  • If you are afraid,call your parents or a trusted adult

If Lost, Stay Calm and Alert

  • Stay where you are and think. Your parents or your group may be looking for you.
  • Give them a chance to find you.
  • If no one arrives soon, look for a police officer or other trusted adult.
  • Know your address and phone number. Find a telephone and dial 911 (pay phones are "free" for 911 calls).

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Play areas and parks can be fun

  • Be polite, share equipment and play safe!
  • Always ask permission and let your parents know where you are playing.
  • Play in groups.
  • Don't play in the streets.
  • Don't chase a ball or toy into the street.
  • If playing in a park, follow park rules.
  • Watch for broken glass, sharp objects and broken equipment.
  • If a stranger approaches you, tell a trusted adult.

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Say No to Drugs and Alcohol

  • Choose friends who don't use alcohol or drugs.
  • Remind yourself WHY you should say no. (It's illegal and it's bad for you.)
  • If someone does offer you drugs or alcohol, remember :
    • Just Say "No". It takes courage to do what's right.
    • Change the subject.
    • Suggest other activities like sports or games.
    • Walk away and report it to a trusted adult.

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If your friend is using drugs

  • Remember it takes courage to help a friend with a drug problem.
  • Talk to your friend and try to help.
  • Tell your friend about the dangers of drugs.
  • Encourage your friend to talk to his or her parents or another trusted adult.

If you find drugs

  • Never touch them!
  • Leave the area.
  • Tell a trusted adult.
  • If an adult is not present, call 911 or "0" for operator. Don't hang up until you are told to do so; listen for instructions.

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In case of fire

  • The first thing you need to do is stay low and leave the building immediately!
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
  • Don't stop to take anything with you.
  • Test the door. If it's hot or there's smoke, use another way out.
  • Never go back into a burning building.
  • Call 911 from a neighbor's house.
  • Never attempt to put out a fire yourself, no matter how small it is!

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Someone's clothes are on fire!

  • If YOUR clothes catch on fire, "Stop, Drop and Roll!"
    • STOP. Running fans the flames, making fire burn faster. SHOUT for help.
    • DROP to the floor and cover your face.
    • ROLL back and forth to put out flames.
    • COOL a burn with cool water.
  • If your friend's clothes catch on fire, don't let him or her run; yell, "Stop, Drop and Roll!"
  • Once they are down and rolling, you can use a rug, blanket, towel, or other heavy cloth to help put out the flames on their clothes.
  • Get adult help or call 911 or "O" for operator. Don't hang up until you are told to do so; listen for instructions.

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Work with your parents on a fire escape plan

  • The plan should include who helps who get out, and where to meet once outside.
  • Then practice the plan.
  • Household members with disabilities may need special help.
  • Alert others in the house to the emergency; yell "Fire", bang on doors if you can.
  • Know two ways out of every room; one can be a window if you can open it by yourself.
  • Remember; the lights may not work during a fire.
  • Know how to get out in the dark.
  • Don't stop to take anything.
  • Stay low if smoke is present; crawl if you must to stay out of smoke.

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Electricity can be dangerous

  • Never put anything into an electrical outlet.
  • Never take apart or try to fix electrical things.
  • Tell a trusted adult immediately about any electrical appliance that starts smoking, smells funny, or makes sparks or funny noises; unplug it quickly if you can.
  • Don't climb power poles or anything near a power line.
  • Don't fly kites near power lines.
  • Don't have anything that has a power cord near bathtubs, sinks, or puddles of water.

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If you find a knife, gun or other weapon? STOP!

  • Guns, knives and other weapons are very dangerous!
  • Never touch a weapon, no matter where you find it.
  • Leave it alone and contact a trusted adult right away.
  • If an adult is not present, call 911 or "O" for operator. Tell the operator who you are and where you are.
  • Don't hang up until you are told to do so; listen for instructions.

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