Back To School Safety Tips for Parents and Children
Ø Arrive at bus
stop at least 5 minutes early daily.
bright-colored clothing so that you can be easily seen by passing cars on the
Ø Do Not enter the
roadway between parked cars, bushes or shrubs.
Ø Have an adult
or older sibling walk with you to the bus stop daily or walk to the bus stop in
Ø Get to know
students who ride at your stop, also the number of children who enter and exit
Ø Be aware of
your surroundings at all times ie; parked cars with passengers, people lurking/wondering
in the area/out of place.
Ø Help your child
to memorize his/her name, birth date, address and telephone number.
Ø Be aware that
bullying often takes place on the school bus. Ask children about their experience
on the bus.
Ø Tell an adult
if you see someone being bullied or you are being bullied.
Ø Write down
other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for
your children to carry with them.
Ø Do Not Talk to
Strangers. EVER ! ! !
Ø Do not place
your child’s name on the outside of their clothes or book bag. (Bad guys
now know their names)
Ø If an unknown
adult approaches you to ask for help (YELL and RUN) then go for help at
designated safe places that were chosen.
Ø Teach your
child how to dial 911 for help and how to remain calm and on the line until
help is available.
Ø Make sure your
children do not answer the door for anyone. (Unless they see a patrol car
outside and officer in uniform)
Ø Have your
parent establish two safe places for you to go if you need help. ie; a
neighbor’s home or store in the neighborhood.
Ø If your child
arrives home prior to the parent, make sure emergency contact numbers are on
the refrigerator.(Parents, Relatives or Neighbors)
Ø Make sure food
is already prepared for the children so that the stove does not have to be
Ø Older children
are advised to keep valuables such as laptops and cell phones out of sight and
secure in their backpack or locker.
Ø Keep a record
of the serial numbers of all valuable items.
Major T. Quiller
Atlanta Police Department
Zone One Commander