English: A neighborhood watch sign attached to a door. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From the National Neighborhood Watch:
Tips for Parents
Kids need to know how to keep themselves safe and knowing this will build the self-confidence they need to . . .
Kids need to know how to keep themselves safe and knowing this will build the self-confidence they need to handle emergencies effectively. You can make sure your children are prepared by teaching them how to act in an emergency and planning ahead.
Make sure kids know their full name, parents’ full names, address (including city and state), and phone number (including area code).
Explain to kids that an emergency is a situation where they need the help of a police officer, firefighter, or doctor. Discuss or role-play different situations and ask children to identify the emergencies.
Teach children to call 911 or 0 in an emergency and explain that this will bring a police officer or firefighter to the emergency. With a play phone or one that’s disconnected, have children practice dialing 911 or 0 and telling the “operator” their emergency, full name, full address, and telephone number. Have children also practice dialing on a cell phone that’s turned off.
Talk with kids about what to do when they need help if it’s not an emergency, such as if they are home alone and have a headache.
Make sure your children know how to reach you at all times, and be sure that you can reach them.
Post emergency numbers by the phone, including your work and cell phone numbers.
With your children, pick a safe place they can go to near your home if they need help right away. Find out if your neighborhood has a McGruff House. If not, consider starting your own.
Find an alternative place your children can go if they cannot reach home, such as a school, library, fire station, or other safe place.