Keep Your Children
Safe in Their New Environment
Encourage your children to memorize their new address and phone
number prior to the move. Make sure you practice with them every
opportunity you have and reward them. Visit their new school the
day before their first day to familiarize them. As a result, they
will feel more comfortable on their first day.
- Become Familiar with the Area
It is important to familiarize your children with surrounding
streets, stores, parks, playgrounds etc. Walk through the
neighborhood to show them acceptable routes they are allowed
to travel and acceptable places they may visit, such as a park
or a playground. To help them learn quickly, practice the name
of the streets and pick a landmark to associate the street
with. Discourage your children from taking shortcuts.
Encourage them to always stay on the main roads.
Finally, establish a safe place or person they can go to for
help in case you are not available to assist them.
- Meet the Neighbors
Introduce yourself and your kids to the new neighbors. By
doing this, you establish a favorable beginning relationship
and create the opportunity of introducing your kids to their
- Instruct Your Children to Check First
Your kids will most likely make friends in the area. Instruct
them to ask permission before they go anywhere with their new
friends, including in their homes.
- Establish an Emergency Plan
Create a list of emergency phone numbers and place in a
designated area. Include emergency numbers such as fire,
police, poison control, hospital, etc. Also create a list of
your pager, work, and cellular phone numbers. Designate two
other people to contact for help if your children cannot
- Reinforce "Home Alone" Rules
Your kids should never open the door for someone you don't
know, whether or not you are home. In addition, they should
make sure that all doors and windows remain locked.
If a stranger should telephone and ask for personal
information, warn your children against revealing any personal
information. Instruct them to tell the caller you are not
available and take a message.
- Reinforce the Rules
Your children will follow these rules if they are reminded on
a regular basis.
Walk the neighborhood with your kids now and then.
Have them recite and spell their name, address and phone
number a few times a week.
Have them point out the location of emergency numbers.
As long as these rules are adhered to, your family will
enjoy a safe and comfortable environment!