Child Safety

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Children should know their full name, address including city and state, and phone number including area code.

Be sure children know how to call 911 and how to use a phone.

Teach children to never accept rides or gifts from someone they don’t know.

Teach children to go to a store clerk, security guard, or police officer for help if they are lost in a mall or store or on the street.

Children should be accompanied to public restrooms.

Teach children that no one, not even someone they know, has the right to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. Tell them they have the right to say “No” in this situation.

Show children safe places they can go in your neighborhood in an emergency, like a trusted neighbor’s house.

Inspect your neighborhood for areas that threaten children’s safety, like brush in wooded areas, overgrown shrubbery, poor lighting, etc.

To have your child fingerprinted, call Officer Forgey at 417-725-2510 or by email to find out about the next fingerprinting event.