Youth Safety

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KIDS SECTION

It is the intent of the Westland Poloice Department to be proactive in keeping our community safe. The information on this page is helpful to both parents and their children. Parents, use the information contained here to help teach some basic home safety.


**Bike Safety**


ALWAYS!

  • Ride with traffic. Keep to the right of the road.
  • Obey all traffic regulations.
  • Use proper hand signals for turning or stopping.
  • Stop and look both ways in order to make sure that sidewalks or streets are clear before entering a street.
  • Walk your bicycle across busy streets at corners or crosswalks.
  • Use proper headlights and a red tail light or reflector when riding at night

NEVER!

  • Show off. (Keep your hands on the handlebars).
  • Zigzag, race or stunt ride in traffic.
  • Hitch rides on trucks or cars.

TIPS!

  • ALWAYS wear your bike helmet and make sure your brothers and sisters do, too.
  • Make a deal with your best friends to always wear your helmets when you ride together.
  • Don’t ride at night.

FACTS!

  • Wearing a bike helmet is the most important thing you can do to protect your brain and your life when riding a bicycle.
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 14 have the highest rate of injury of all bicycle riders.
  • More then 500,000 children a year go to the hospital emergency rooms of doctors’ offices due to bike injuries.


 


**Gun and Knife Safety**


Do you know what to do if you find a gun or knife while you are playing? Follow these four basic steps to stay safe!

Stop

  • Stop what you are doing

Don’t Touch

  • Do not touch the gun or knife

Leave the area

  • Leave the gun or knife alone and leave the area

Tell an adult

  • Let a trusted adult (Parent, Teacher, or Police Officer) know what you found and where it is.


**Internet Safety**


You can play on the internet and stay safe if you follow a few simple rules:

Never…give out your address, telephone number, parents’ work address or telephone number, or the name and location of your school without your parents’ permission.

Tell…your parents right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Never…get together with someone you meet online. They might not be who they say they are.

Never…send a person your picture or anything else.

Talk…to your parents about their rules for using the internet, and remember to follow them.


**Home Alone?**

*For the Parent:*
Check out thisGUIDEfor children who are home alone. (From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Kids Do You Know?

  • Your home phone number and address?
  • Your parent’s full name, where they work, and phone numbers where they can be reached?
  • When to use 911?
  • Who a trusted neighbor is that you can go to for help?
  • To check in with a parent as soon as you get home?
  • That if you answer the phone, just say that your parent cannot come to the phone and take a message?
  • To always lock your doors when you get home?
  • That you should never open the door for or talk to anyone who comes to your home unless you know and trust the person and your parent said that it was okay?
  • To only use appliances like the stove if your parents said it was okay and you know how to use it?