Council on Sex Offender Treatment Treatment of Sex Offenders - Safety Tips

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  • Think safety first.
  • Be informed and know your local resources.
  • Be active in your community. Get to know your neighbors.
  • Never assume your child could not be molested, missing, or abducted.
  • Build your child’s self-esteem. A child who has low self-esteem is more easily lured.
  • Teach and practice decision making with your child.
  • Build support systems. Children need to know where to go for help.
  • Carefully interview, screen, and background check all caregivers.
  • Teach age appropriate information regarding physical and sexual abuse.
  • Use age appropriate role-playing with children. Play “what if” games.
  • Develop a family code for emergency situations.
  • Respect a child’s “no”. Do not force a child to hug or shake hands.
  • Never leave young children unattended for any reason.
  • Establish ground rules for your child when answering the telephone. Teach your child to screen calls through the answering machine.
  • Teach and have emergency contact numbers easily accessible.
  • Teach your child how to make long distant phone calls.
  • Teach your child to screen telephone calls through the answering machine or caller ID.
  • Monitor all computer use. Use parental controls.
  • Teach your child their full name, address, and telephone number including area code. Practice calling long distance.
  • Teach your child your full name (parent or guardian).
  • Learn how to access registered sex offender information of the Department of Public Safety website.
  • Teach your child when it is okay to “make a scene” if someone tries to abduct them. Teach children to scream “you are not my mommy or daddy!”
  • Have your child’s picture taken at least four times per year.
  • Keep your child’s records including fingerprints, footprints, dental/doctor information, birthmarks, and birth certificates.
  • Tell your child that you will never stop searching for them if they were ever taken.
  • Let kids be kids. Teach them safety but do not scare them
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Last updated April 05, 2010
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