The New Westminster police school liaison officer presents ‘stranger awareness’ discussions to elementary school students throughout the year. This, in conjunction with the educational support and guidance from teachers and parents, is of great benefit to children’s safety.
Here are some safety tips parents may wish to discuss with their child;
- A stranger is someone you don’t know
- Don’t tell your name or address to a stranger
- Never take money or candy from a stranger
- Don’t get in to a car with a stranger
- Never help a stranger look for a lost pet or play games
- Walk to and from school with friend(s)
- Don’t take shortcuts through woods
- If something unusual happens tell a trusted adult
- If a stranger follows you or tries to grab you, yell ‘I don’t know you’ and run away
- Don’t open your door to a stranger and never tell anyone on the phone or at the door that you are home alone
Educating children on ‘stranger awareness’ is not about causing undue fear but rather it is about providing young people with the skills and knowledge regarding personal safety. And as always, please contact the New Westminster Police Service to report any suspicious persons or activities.