The tragic abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway while walking to school in her Westminster neighborhood has struck fear into the heart of parents all over the country, and particularly in the Denver metro area. Short of barring our children from going out of doors, what can we do to keep them safe and healthy when they are out of our immediate sight?
Sharing books on topics like personal safety, stranger danger, and street smarts is a gentle but effective way of educating and informing children about these essential facts. Authors of these books are especially careful to impart information in a matter-of-fact manner that does not frighten children, but rather gives them the necessary tools they need to keep themselves safe and protected from harm.
I know, most everyone can determine that the letter from the exhiled Prince of France is a fake. You will not get back $3 million for your meager $2,500 investment. And I know you know that. But scammers also know you know that, so they have moved on to new tricks, are you prepared to avoid them?
This topic has recently been troubling me because I have gotten several emails from our "System Administrator" informing me that I am over the limit on my mailbox storage, emails that I know are fake. The problem is, they are written convincingly enough that I'm worried that if people don't know what to look out for, they could be taken in by it.
Here's the full text of the email that was sent to me:
International Walk (or bike) to School Day is Wednesday, Oct 5th!
In the 1960's about 1/2 of all kids walked or biked to school. Now nearly 90% arrive in cars or buses. Take a walk with your child and cash in on the environmental, safety education and fitness benefits together! Children ages 1-15 years of age typically receive less than $1 in traffic education and the cost of an injury involving a vehicle is staggering.
Safe Travel for the Elementary School Child Children need adults to teach them how to be safe around vehicles, not to dart between parked cars, to watch for turning cars and not to play behind a parked car, even if it is in their own driveway. Here is a bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety education training course with K-5 curriculum from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Bullies used to have to do their dirty work face-to-face, lurking on the school playground or outside the neighborhood 7-11. These days bullying also happens online, on social networking sites, in emails, and via text message. Check out these online resources for facts on cyberbullying, how to help prevent it, and what to do when it happens.