The internet can be a scary place, just like the jungle. As parents, we need to feel sure that our children are safe. Kids need a place where they can learn and play without fear. Kid safety is really important.
We are dedicated to provide that place – a fun online community, where parents and teachers can communicate freely. We believe that learning should be fun, and our mission is to build a friendly, stimulating, and safe … online jungle.
Kids are going to fall, crash, slip and tumble. It’s all part of being a kid, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. But there are little things we can all do to ensure that kids avoid the more serious injuries that can lead to disabilities and even death.
And Safe Jungle is here to make it easy for you. Think of us as your go-to source for safety information and safety tips on everything you need to keep kids of any age safe from preventable injuries. To find exactly what you need just use the menu on the right. And don’t forget to share this information with a friend. Because when it comes to keeping kids happy, active and safe, we’re all in this together.
Safe Jungle’s Commitment to Child Safety
We should treasure our Children as our most precious resource. Because children can lack the skills to protect themselves, they need adults to protect them and to teach them the skills to be safe. Safe Jungle provides some helpful suggestions to improve safety.
The Polly Klaas Foundation is Dedicated to the Safety of All Children is an excellent resource for mums and dads. Login and down load there free Child Safety Kit. See the following links for extra help:
Additional child safety information:
- Child Safety
- Talking to Strangers
- Child Fingerprinting and DNA Samples
- Why Play “What If…?”
- What Should You Tell Your Children About Sex Offenders?
- 9-1-1 Practice for Children
- Autism and Wandering
Child abduction is real. Parents should be aware of the dander. Children of all ages, genders, and nations are vulnerable to child abduction. The following information is provided from kentucky state police in 1999.
|Approximately 203,900 children were abducted in 1999 in “family abductions” in which a family member was trying to deprive a caretaker of custodial rights. The graphs may only relate to the State of Kentucky.
|There were approximately 58,200 “non-family abductions” in 1999. Abductions in this category involved forcibly moving or detaining the child for a relatively short period of time, usually in connection with another crime.
|When the abductor is unrelated to the child, the abductor is just as likely to be someone known to the child or family as to be a stranger.|
|Be Alert: Over 50% of the children kidnapped in non-family abductions were taken from the street, in a vehicle, or from a park or wooded area. Almost 75% of those children kidnapped in family abductions were taken from their own or another’s home or yard.|
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD
tips for discussing child safety
|You.||A parent is the best person to teach a child about personal safety.|
|Effective personal safety skills.|
|Now. Age and maturity matter.|
|There is no perfect age when parents should begin teaching children about personal safety.|
|A child’s ability to comprehend and practice safety skills is affected by age, educational, and developmental levels.|
|LISTEN to your children.|
|Know your children’s daily activities and habits.|
|Listen to what they like and what they don’t like.|
|Encourage open communication. Let your children know they can talk to you about any situation.|
|Reassure your children that their safety is your #1 concern.|
|TEACH your children.|
|Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do.|
|Reinforce the importance of the “buddy system.”|
|It’s OK to say NO—tell your children to trust their instincts.|
|PRACTICE safety skills with your child.|
|Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.|
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD
tips for parents to help their children stay safe
|Safety at Home|
|Children should know their full name, home phone number and how to use the telephone. Post your contact information where your children will see it: office phone number, cell phone, pager, etc.|
|Children should have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.|
|Choose babysitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbors. Once you have chosen the caregiver, drop in unexpectedly to see how your children are doing. Ask your children how the experience with the caregiver was, and listen carefully to their responses.|
|Safety in the Neighborhood|
|Make a list with your children of their neighborhood boundaries, choosing significant landmarks.|
|Interact regularly with your neighbors. Tell your children whose homes they are allowed to visit.|
|Don’t drop your children off alone at malls, movie theatres, video arcades, or parks.|
|Teach your children that adults should not approach children for help or directions. Tell your children that if they are approached by an adult, they should stay alert because this may be a “trick.”|
|Never leave children unattended in an automobile. Children should never hitchhike or approach a car when they don’t know and trust the driver.|
|Children should never go anywhere with anyone without getting your permission first.|
|Safety at School|
|Be careful when you put your child’s name on clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes or bicycle license plates. If a child’s name is visible, it may put them on a “first name” basis with an abductor.|
|Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help. Make a map with your children showing acceptable routes to school, using main roads and avoiding shortcuts or isolated areas. If your children take a bus, visit the bus stop with them and make sure they know which bus to take.|
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
numbers to call and information to collect
|Stuff you may need before|
|Keep a complete description of your child.|
|Take color photographs of your child every six months.|
|Keep copies of your child’s fingerprints.|
|Keep a sample of your child’s DNA.|
|Know where your child’s medical records are located.|
|Have your dentist prepare and maintain dental charts for your child.|
|What You Should Do If Your Child Is Missing:|
|Immediately report your child missing to your local law enforcement agency.|
|Ask the law enforcement agency to enter your child into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons File.|
|Limit access to your home until law enforcement arrives and has the opportunity to collect possible evidence.|
|Give law enforcement investigators all information you have on your child including fingerprints, photographs, complete description and the facts and circumstances related to the disappearance.|
Every home and school should teach children about safety and protection measures. As a parent, you should take an active interest in your children and listen to them. Teach your children that they can be assertive in order to protect themselves against abduction and exploitation. And most importantly, make your home a place of trust and support that fulfills your child’s needs. Together we can protect our children by teaching them to be smart, strong, and safe.