The NSW Police Force is urging parents and carers to remind their children about the best ways to keep safe now COVID-19 restrictions are being eased and they are returning to school.
“With so many children returning to school, it is important we arm them with the knowledge of what they can do to stay safe when they are not in the care of an adult,” Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said.
“While we are encouraged by the increased focus on online safety, parents should know that those who choose to exploit and abuse children are not limited to the internet.
“Police will always be committed to protecting kids from harm, but do not underestimate the impact you can have as a parent or carer by educating your children on how to stay safe.”
Some tips to provide your kids include:
- Make sure your parents or the person responsible for you knows where you are at all times;
- Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop;
- Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people;
- Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to;
- Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police;
- Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust; and
- If you are scared, call Triple Zero (000) and tell them you are scared.