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Safety Rules
Keep Yourself Safe
If a person or place makes me uncomfortable, I can be safe by:
  • Talking to my mom or dad or someone I trust.
  • Staying close to my mom or dad or babysitter when I am shopping, camping or in public places.
  • Knowing how to make telephone calls in my city and long distance.
  • Knowing how to dial 0 to reach the operator or 9-1-1 if I need help right away for an emergency.
  • Noticing where I am when shopping, driving, or visiting other places so I can give clues if I get lost.
  • Asking my parents to have up-to-date pictures of me in case I get lost or become missing.
  • Always having permission from my parents or caregiver to go with another person.
  • Having permission from my parent or caregiver before I get into a car with another person.
  • Having a secret code word that only my family and I know.
  • Not telling anyone on the phone that I am alone. I will just tell the caller that my mom or dad cannot come to the phone right now.
  • Walking with a friend or in groups rather than by myself.
  • Being very careful about people who give me presents and lots of attention. I will tell my parents or someone I trust about it.
  • Going where several people are if I am being followed or if I think I am being followed.
  • Knowing that it is okay to cause a scene and yell for help if I think someone or something is dangerous or wrong.
  • Remembering that most adults are kind but that there are some who hurt children.
  • Remembering that sometimes people who take kids are people that kids know and trust.


Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452