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Personal Safety

The following information has been provided by Sussex Police.

People you do not know (strangers)
Watch out for cars that are following you
Never get into a car with a person you do not know
Never approach a person you don’t know sitting in a car
Stay strong, saying no is not wrong
Never tell a stranger your name or address
Don’t believe what strangers tell you
Don’t accept gifts, treats or sweets from strangers
Keep your distance and never go anywhere with someone you don’t know
Trust your feelings; if it doesn’t feel right it is isn’t

Yell and tell
Don’t be afraid to say no
If a stranger makes you feel unsafe, always ‘yell and tell’
Yell ‘help’ or ‘I don’t know you’ to get someone’s attention. Then tell someone you trust what has happened
Don’t let anyone make you feel unsafe

Know a safe place
A safe place is a place that has someone you can trust and talk to, such as a school, shop, police station or friend’s house
If someone does make you feel unsafe, always run to a safe place

When playing outside
If a stranger comes near, be safe and call out so your parents can hear
Never approach or talk to a stranger that comes into the your garden
If someone makes you feel unsafe go back inside and tell your parents about it
Always play in an area where your parents can see you

Using a computer
If someone asks you for personal information online remember “when online, always decline!”
Don’t give out your name or address to a stranger online
Be careful who you talk to
Never tell anyone you’re home alone

Using a phone
When on a phone stay in a safe place and say no in a firm tone
Never tell a stranger your name or address
Don’t trust what a stranger tells you on the phone
If you answer the phone and you don’t know the person talking, always let your parents talk to them

When at home
If you hear a knock on the door, day or night, don’t invite strangers in, no matter what they say to you
Never answer the door alone, even when your parents are home
Never invite strangers into your home

Help your friends
Always stay with your friends, family, or parents and never walk off
Tell and adult you trust if you feel unsafe while with your friends
If you see your friend do something that worries you tell them then tell an adult you trust

Going to and from school
Never accept lifts from people you do not know
If someone makes your feel scared or uncomfortable avoid them and tell and adult you trust
Trust your feelings if it doesn’t feel right it is isn’t
If someone approaches you, you are allowed to ignore them
Don’t use short cuts where you will be on your own
Walk with friends to and from school
Carry a mobile phone that is charged, you don’t need credit to phone 999
Go to the nearest safe place if you feel unsafe such as a shop, home or school


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