This page is all about staying safe, the purpose of the page is to give you information on how to stay safe, including online safety and road safety, through the page you will find helpful hints and tips as well as the green cross code.
Although growing up can be difficult, most children and young people receive the love and care they need to develop into healthy, happy young adults.
But some are harmed (hurt, neglected and used) by adults or other children. Younger children may not be aware that what is happening to them is abuse.
Abuse can mean different things to different children and can happen once or many times.
ON LINE SAFETY
Top 10 tips for staying safe!!
Strangers – Do not talk to strangers
We all think that we know not to talk to strangers, but do you really think about it when someone stops to talk to you, this could be a man or a woman. Never speak to any strangers and if a stranger tries to talk to you and you feel unsafe harm, make a lot of noise and run and tell an adult you trust such as a parent, teacher or police officer.
The video below is to tell you a little bit about stranger danger.
Walk to and from school or college in groups, we all like to spend extra time with our friends and this is the perfect opportunity to and it makes you safer, you are less likely to come to any harm if there is more than one of you, the video below shows how easily and quickly things can happen, Billy did the right thing, think….. what would you do in that situation?
The video below is Billy’s story what he did and what the best way is to deal with the situation.
Do not take gifts from people you do not know, this may look like someone is being kind, but did you know that a lot of the time when a Young Person who is the victim of Child Sexual Exploitation is bribed with gifts, although it may seem like a good gesture at the time, think…… what do they want to gain from giving you the gift?
Never accept a ride from strangers, even if you think oh they are going the same place as me, this might not be the case, if a stranger is a nice person and you tell them ‘no’ to getting into the car they should accept this and know you are being safe, if you feel like you are in danger run to a safe person and make a lot of noise to let people around you know something isn’t right!
Tell someone you trust if someone is making you feel uncomfortable. It could be the person isn’t trying to make you feel uncomfortable but it is always better to be safe! The adult you tell could have a quiet word with the person who is making you feel uncomfortable, no one will get into trouble and you should never think you are doing something wrong or if you feel as though you don’t have an adult you can trust you can ring child line on 0800 1111 which is a free confidential service, if they feel as though you are not safe they will get someone from Social Care to come and visit you and make sure you are okay.
Never leave home without telling your parents/carers where you are going, even if you are only nipping to the shop as if your parents/carers know where you are and you don’t get back in time or something is wrong they will know where to go to find you.
The Green Cross Code
1. First find the safest place to cross
- If possible, cross the road at: subways, footbridges, islands, zebra, puffin, pelican or toucan crossings, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school crossing patrol or a traffic warden.
- Otherwise, choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions, and where drivers can see you.
- Try to avoid crossing between parked cars and on sharp bends or close to the top of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly.
- There should be space to reach the pavement on the other side.
2. Stop just before you get to the kerb
- Do not get too close to the traffic. If there is no pavement, keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.
- Give yourself lots of time to have a good look all around.
3. Look all around for traffic and listen
- Look all around for traffic and listen.
- Look in every direction.
- Listen carefully because you can sometimes hear traffic before you can see it.
4. If traffic is coming, let it pass
- Look all around again and listen.
- Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time.
- Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.
5. When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run
- Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly.
- Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists traveling between lanes of traffic.
- Do not cross diagonally.
How you can help your child and other children
- Set a good example. Use the Green Cross Code yourself.
- Show your child how to use the Code to cross the road when you’re out and about.
- Let your child show you that they know how to cross the road safely – start practising on quiet roads first.
- Point out dangerous places to cross on local roads. Point out safer places as well. Some places may be safer at some times of the day than at others.
- Use pedestrian crossings even if it involves a small detour.
- Talk about the importance of not using a mobile phone or texting while crossing the road.
- Remind your child that they cannot hear traffic if listening to music through earphones or see it properly if wearing a large hood.
But let’s get one thing clear: it’s still important for children to be outside.
Walking is good for children’s health and fitness and we support parents who encourage their children to walk as much as possible. Taking your child in the car for short journeys puts more traffic on the road and adds to the problem.
Children can be safer on the streets if we show them how.
Crossing between parked cars
Try not to cross between parked vehicles, but if there is nowhere else to cross:
- Choose a place where there is a space between two cars and make sure that it is easy to get to the pavement on the other side of the road.
- Make sure neither car is about to move off – look for drivers in the cars, lights and listen for engines.
- Don’t cross near large vehicles. You could be standing in a blind spot, where the driver cannot see you.
- Walk to the outside edge of the cars and stop. Here you can be seen by drivers and you can look all around for traffic.
- Use the Green Cross Code. When the road is clear, cross, still looking and listening as you go.
The video below is the safe cross code dance a fun way for children to learn the green cross code.