The Safety Program is a companion piece to our Abuse Prevention Program. The safety program teaches correct use of 911, stranger safety, and identifying safe places in your neighbourhood. Children learn the "NO", "RUN", "TELL" technique when dealing with strangers.
Our comprehensive teacher support materials include tips for Internet safety, home alone, answering the door and telephone.
Safety Characters are:
Safety Scripts are:
Emergency Numbers - Teaches the emergency number 911. Outlines what it is for and how to use it correctly.
Strangers - Uses a stranger scenario to practice safety skills. Helps children to identify safe places within their neighbourhood and community. Stresses the importance of getting away fast and telling a grownup.
Not all scripts are performed at each show. Appropriate material is selected for each performance.
Terms and Definitions
911 is the number we call if we need the Police, Fire Department or an Ambulance. 911 is the number we call if (and only if) there is an emergency and we need help. In our area, 911 can be called free from a payphone.
Emergency - an emergency is when something is seriously wrong or someone is hurt and you need help fast. Examples of an emergency would include: a fire, an intruder trying to get into your home, or if someone is seriously injured or unconscious.
Stranger - A stranger is anyone you don’t know. A stranger is someone your parents or caregivers don’t know. A stranger can be a man or a woman, young or old. Not all strangers are bad, in fact most people are good. But because we don’t know them, we don’t know if a stranger is bad or good. There is no way to tell if a person is bad or good just by looking at them or by talking to them. We teach students that they should not take any chances if approached by a stranger. A stranger may be familiar to you. You may have seen them before, but unless it is someone that you know and your parents know, that person is still a stranger.
'Safe' Strangers - Experts suggest that in order to get away from a dangerous stranger situation, a child may have to engage the help of another stranger. 'Safe strangers' are identified as women with children, grandmothers, or people in uniforms such as police or security guards. In a store, restaurant or library, children would look for someone who works there - i.e. they may be behind the counter, and/or wearing a name tag, hat or uniform.
The Kids on the Block Program focuses on prevention by eliminating a child's risks of getting close enough to a stranger to be put at risk, however if a child is grabbed by a stranger, the child should yell, scream and draw attention to themselves, even if instructed not to. They should yell "This is not my daddy/mommy" or "Help! Stranger!" so as not to be mistaken for a child having a temper tantrum.
Visit our Teacher's Corner for additional information and activities related to this program.