Below are two techniques you can incorporate with your family and children. These are proactive measures that you can take to ensure safety within your family. In each technique there are steps and a printable PDF for you and your child to fill out.
The password system is used to arm children with the skills and confidence to identify potential dangerous situations and/or individuals.
It is essential to teach your children about the Stranger Danger basics.
The password system is used to arm children with the skills and confidence to identify potential dangerous situations and/or individuals. ‘No password – no go’.
Choose a password you and your child can easily remember
Any time you arrange someone to collect your child remember to tell them the password
At pickup, your child will challenge the collector for the password.
If the password is correct, your child knows they are safe to go (and will probably be chuffed with the system!)
Tell your child never to go with someone who doesn’t know the secret password, even if they are acquainted with that person.
Help them identify ‘safety helpers’ to build their ‘safety network’. It is imperative that your child knows who they can trust.
This is a really simple technique, the principle of which can be moulded to suit most ages and scenario.
It’s also important that your child is aware of 000, and feel empowered to trust their instincts and reach out to emergency services if they are ever in real danger.Download PDF Worksheet
Have a chat to your child about who in their life they trust and would be comfortable contacting if they were ever in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation.
Grab a piece of paper and a pen, and ask your child to trace their hand on the piece of paper
Now write the name and contact number of each ‘safety helper’ on each finger.
Once you’ve done this ask your child to keep it in their school bag so if they ever feel scared or unsafe, they have 5 options to call for help.