Kids Safety Page
Whenever you get online, there are some very important things to keep in mind when you’re on your home, work or school computer.
- Never agree to meet with someone you’ve talked to on the internet without asking permission from your parents first, even if they say they are in serious trouble and need help now.
- Never give your real last name, address or telephone number to anyone!
- Never tell anyone when and where your parents work, the names of your parents, where your parents shop or even what you did for vacation. Bad guys can turn this simple information into useful information to commit a crime.
- Tell your parents when someone asks you to keep their conversations, friendship or emails a secret.
- Never send or post pictures to anyone without your parent there. If the person asking for pictures is someone you met online and/or a stranger, tell them NO!
- Remember, people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says that “she” is an “11 year old girl” may really be an older man.
Keep all of these tips in mind whenever your online and stay safe on the internet!
Whats an Emergency?
When do I call 9-1-1!? What is considered an emergency? Longo explains with a scenerio what to do when your not sure if your in an emergency or not.
“Mom!” you yell down the stairs. “Where’s my math book? I can’t find it and the bus is coming! Please help me … it’s an emergency!”
It is kind of an emergency with the bus coming and all, but what about a medical emergency? That kind of emergency is usually more serious. If you don’t have your math book or miss the bus, that would be bad. But a medical emergency means someone needs care from a doctor right away. Let’s find out the right thing to do.
Quick Thinking: What Would You Do?
Ashley and her little brother Jake are out for a walk. Jake decides to race ahead down a very steep hill. He’s running pretty fast when he suddenly trips. Over and over he falls, rolling down the hill at high speed until he’s sprawled out on the sidewalk at the bottom.
Ashley rushes to her brother’s side, hoping that he’s OK. Then she sees some blood on the pavement. And Jake isn’t moving at all. What should she do? First things first: Ashley should call for help right away.
Calling for help is the most important thing a kid can do in an emergency.
If you are going to be the one making the emergency phone call, here’s what to do:
- Take a deep breath to calm down a little.
- Tell the operator there’s an emergency.
- Say your name and where you are (the exact address if you know it).
- Explain what happened and how many people are hurt. (The operator will need all the information you can provide, so give as many details as you can.)
- Stay on the line until the operator says it’s OK to hang up.
After calling for help, your first thought might be to rush over to the person who’s injured. But stop and look before you do. Make sure the scene is safe. If it’s not, wait in a safe spot until a grown-up or an emergency team arrives.
If the scene is safe, and as soon as Ashley is sure someone is calling 911 – or she has called it herself – she could return to her brother and wait until help arrives. (She shouldn’t move her brother at all because he could have a neck or other bone injury. Moving someone who has that sort of injury can make it much worse.) She can help him feel calm by being calm herself.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
The best way to handle an emergency is to be prepared for one. Knowing what to do ahead of time can help you stay in control so that you can help. Here are some suggestions on how to be ready to help in an emergency:
•When you are outdoors, make sure you are in an area where you can call out for help even if you don’t have a phone with you.
•Know how to dial 911 or your local emergency number. In most areas in the United States, it’s 911.
•If you have one, carry a cell phone or know how to use your parent’s cell phone.
•Learn first aid. Look for basic first-aid classes with your local Red Cross, the YMCA or YWCA, the Boy or Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, your local hospital, and other organizations. Or ask your school nurse to have a first-aid class just for students in your school.
It’s scary to think about someone getting hurt. But the truth is that accidents can and do happen. They happen when people are being careless and careful. Sometimes, kids are the ones who get hurt. Sometimes, grown-ups get hurt. Either way, it’s good to know what to do if someone needs emergency medical help. Even though you’re a kid, you can make a big difference by doing the right thing.
Think you know everything about guns and gun safety? Check out this section to learn all about this hot topic!
By now, you probably know what guns are and what can happen if they fall into the wrong hands. Even though guns are featured in many television shows, video games, computer games, and movies, it’s important to know that real guns are dangerous. Guns are so dangerous that they can hurt or even kill someone you know – including other kids.
Being safe can keep kids, teens, and even adults from getting hurt. Many times, guns are fired by accident. All kids should know what to do if they find a gun or if they are with someone who finds a gun.
Read on to learn what to do if you come into contact with a gun. Because whether you live in a big city, in the suburbs, a small town, or on a farm, it could happen.
WHY GUNS AREN’T FUN
Even though you’ve seen cartoon characters get up and walk around after being shot by a gun, it’s important to remember that this could only happen on TV or in movies and video games. A real gun is never a toy, and life is not a video game. Real guns use bullets that hit actual targets. If that target is an animal or a person, the bullet can rip through skin, muscles, bones, and organs, doing a lot of damage. A gunshot can permanently injure or even kill someone.
That’s why you must never play with a real gun. Even if you think you’re safe, anything can happen once you put your finger on the trigger. Most kids in gun accidents later say they didn’t fire the gun intending to hurt anyone, yet someone got badly hurt. So never show a gun to a friend and never, ever point a gun at anyone – including yourself – even as a joke. You or your friend could end up in the hospital or worse.
It’s also never funny to say you have a gun or threaten to shoot someone. These words are taken seriously and the police may be called. These pranks don’t end up being fun for anyone involved.
GUN SAFETY AT HOME
Most gunshot injuries happen after kids discover loaded guns at home. In the United States, there is great debate over gun control. No one seems to agree on who should be allowed to own guns and under what conditions. But experts on all sides believe that keeping a gun in the house is a serious decision, and the gun must be kept locked up where kids can’t get to it. You can tell your parents that Project ChildSafe provides free gun locks at special fairs and they also can be picked up at your local police department.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that the best way to prevent gun-related injuries and deaths is to remove guns from homes. However, the decision to own a gun is up to each family. Yours may have decided to keep guns in the house. Your dad may hunt, for example, or your mom may be a police officer or work in another profession where guns are required. Some families use guns for protection. But any gun can be dangerous if a kid tries to play with it.
If you come across a gun at home, you may be tempted to check it out – but DON’T! Eddie Eagle, a program sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA), teaches kids what to do when they come across a gun:
•Leave the Area.
•Tell an Adult.
Not touching the gun is very important, but don’t forget to also leave the area and tell an adult. By leaving the area you can keep yourself safe in case someone else decides to touch the gun before an adult can remove it. Remember, a baby sister or brother may be strong enough to pull a trigger.
AT A FRIEND’S OR NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE
Most people don’t advertise the fact that they own guns. Before you visit your friend, make sure your parents check with your friend’s parents to see if they own a gun. You may already be playing at a friend’s house when you learn that a gun is nearby. If your friend wants to show you the gun, say “no” and leave right away if you are close to home. Or call your parent for a ride and talk about what happened as soon as you’re picked up. Don’t worry about getting your friend into trouble – you will be helping to keep him or her safe.
Sometimes what you hear on the news can be scary, especially if you hear about kids getting hurt at school. Once in a great while, a kid who has access to guns may use one to express anger. When that happens, no one feels safe.
One thing to remember about gun violence at school is that it doesn’t happen very often. School is actually one of the safest places for you to be. Most schools never experience serious violence.
But if someone at your school threatens you or talks about bringing a gun to school, speak up! Tell an adult like a teacher, a guidance counselor, or the principal as soon as possible. If you feel awkward doing this in front of other students, ask your teacher for private time or go to the school office to talk to the principal or counselor. And tell your mom or dad. They can get in touch with the right person at your school.
Don’t feel that you’re being a tattletale if you tell an adult that someone is threatening you. You will not get into trouble for reporting that you don’t feel safe or that another kid is doing or saying something that scares you. You may even be a hero and prevent a tragedy from happening.