During this joyous season of giving and gathering together, children may be exposed to unsafe situations as some people take advantage of the rush of excitement. It is therefore as important as ever that children are educated about potential dangers such as stranger danger and sexual assault.
With that in mind, the Smarter Kids - Safer Kids booklet is now available on the B’nai B’rith International website in an easy-to-read format.
The booklet, revised in 2006 to include information about online security, contains role-playing exercises and guided discussions that parents can use as a starting point to teach their children about how to stay safe. The guide includes practical information about how to stay safe 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. 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 or misplace their trust.
The booklet was first introduced to communities in New Jersey in the late 1980s with material prepared by Ralph Froehlich, Sheriff of Union County, N.J. The first version with a B’nai B’rith copyright was distributed in 1998.
You can find this crucial resource here. The booklet is also available in Spanish by request. Simply contact the B’nai B’rith Center for Community Action at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-490-3290.
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