YOUR EXERCISES OPTIONS!
You can find so many fun ways to be active that are safe and supervisedso start looking! Explore your options at school in PE or in after-school programs, in classes at your local Y or Boys and Girls Club, or in other supervised programs for kids sponsored by your city, county state, religious group, or other community or government organization. without being at risk of harm.
But let’s not kid ourselves; you can’t.
WALKING TO SCHOOL
Your parent can determine if it’s safe for you to walk to school, and, if it is, who should accompany youand what is a safe route. Call your school district to see if safe routes for your area have been identified.
SRTS: NATIONAL CENTER FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
“Walking school buses” and “bicycle trains”where parents accompany kids to schoolare safe, fun, and social! They may be appropriate for your area. Interested in learning more? Go to www.saferoutesinfo.org.
SOME BASIC SAFETY TIPS FOR WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL
Don’t walk alone.
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Stay together. Stick to the agreed-upon route. Don’t take shortcuts. Stay away from isolated places.
First, walk the route with your parent. Review safety procedures. Decide on safe places you could go to for help.
Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones.
Follow traffic regulations, signs, and signals. Before crossing, look both ways.
Wear something bright and walk in daylight. Don’t display your name on your
clothing or pack; carry an ID in your pocket.
Don’t interact with people you don’t know WELL. Acquaintances, not just strangers, can be a threat. If someone offers you a ride, say no, unless you have specifically discussed it with your parent in advance. Trust your instincts. Report anything that concerns you.
If anyone tries to take you somewhere, or is following you, quickly get away. If the person is in a car following you, the opposite direction that the vehicle is heading is often your best retreat. Yell, “THIS PERSON IS NOT MY MOTHER/FATHER/GUARDIAN!” That will alert others that you are in danger. If someone tries to grab you, make a scene and every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting. Attract the attention of people who can help you.
Your parent may want to visit the NCMEC website for more recommendations: www.missingkids.com.