• This is a good opportunity to emphasize the following safety tips with your children:

    • Walk to and from school in groups.

    • If anything unusual occurs, please tell an adult immediately. Parents and teachers need to know right away what happened.

    • Never talk to strangers or accept rides from them.

    • Don't panic. If you are afraid or have a problem, call a parent or a trusted adult.

    • Arrange for immediate access to neighbors and to other trusted adults who could answer questions or be contacted in an emergency.

    • Tour the neighborhood with your child to identify safe and dangerous circumstances and places.

    • Never tell people at the door or phone callers that you are home alone. Say your parents are busy and offer to take a message.

    • Keep your house key hidden. Don't give it to anyone and don't keep it in a visible place that would tell people you are going home to an empty house.

    • Never get into a car, enter a home, look for a lost pet, and accept candy or toys from an adult, unless your parents know what you are doing and have given you their permission first.