As summer comes into full swing and kids feel the freedom of summer vacation, what they can’t do is take a break from being safe. Whether it’s hitting the pool, going for a bike ride or spending more time online, safety must always be in the mix. Summer is a time of freedom, but not a time to let your guard down. Parents must continue to talk with their children about potential dangers such as stranger danger and sexual assault.
With that in mind, we encourage all parents to download the free Smarter Kids - Safer Kids booklet from the B’nai B’rith International website in an easy-to-read format.
The booklet includes information about online security, practical information about what to do when alone at home, what to do if a child is lost or when he or she is faced with a situation that involves improper actions by someone they know. There are role-playing exercises and guided discussions that parents and guardians can use as a starting point to teach their children about how to stay safe. As the brochure says, “If one abduction is prevented, one life saved, this program will be a success.”
The guide has been used in communities across the United States at school assemblies as well as by parent groups. It is a tool that every parent should have about a subject that can be difficult and uncomfortable to discuss. Sometimes parents, who have been sure their children would never do something unsafe, are often surprised to learn that their children can be easily manipulated by offenders.
You can find the free Smarter Kids - Safer Kids booklet here. The booklet is also available in Spanish here.
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