Kid safety checklist

Parent's safety checklist:

Are you careful to never leave your child unattended in a public place or in a car?

Do you know your child's friends and their parents? You should have a list with their phone numbers and addresses.

Do you know the route your child takes from school to home?

Have you designated "safe" houses in your neighborhood where your child may go if he or she is being harassed or followed?

Are you involved in your child's after-school activities?

Do you have a current photo and video of your child?

Do you observe what your child is wearing on a daily basis?

Do you have your child's fingerprints?

Do you remember to never print a child's name on his clothes, or use nametags in public?

If your child doesn't want to be with someone, do you ask why he or she is uncomfortable with this person -- and pursue until you find the reason?

Have you told your child that if he or she gets lost, you will look for your child for as long as it takes?

Do you always perform a reference and background check on a new caregiver?

Do you know the sex offender ID phone number for your area? If you are suspicious about a person, this information service will check his or her record (for a fee).

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