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School districts reminds parents, students of safety tips

— The police department and district officials are urging parents to review safety tips with their children and the importance of staying cautious around strangers.

Safety tips released by the Bethlehem School District include:

Safety tips include:

  • Never walk alone. Walk with an adult family member, an older student or with a group of students.
  • Know where your children are at all times. Make it a rule that your children must ask permission or check in with you before going anywhere. Give your children your work and cell phone numbers so they can reach you at all times.
  • Point out safe places. Show your children safe places to play, safe roads and paths to take, and safe places to go if there’s trouble.
  • Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell an adult. Tell them that sometimes adults they know may make them feel uncomfortable, and they should still get away as fast as possible and tell another adult what happened. Reassure children that you will help them when they need it.
  • Teach your children to be assertive. Make sure they know that it’s okay to say no to an adult and to run away from adults in dangerous situations.
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teachdaddy 2 years ago

Bad enough that walking in town is worth your life already, what with cars trying to run you over, crosswalks ignored, and kids on bikes on the sidewalks coming up behind you without warning. Now a senior citizen can't go out without being accused of being a pervert. From now on, in addition to my walking stick, I'll have to wear a sign that says, "I'm not a dirty old man."


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