A code word should be easy to remember. For use in emergencies, a “password”known only to the child and his/her parents that if told to the child lets him/her know it isokay to go with the adult picking them up.
Who is a stranger? If someone has been hanging around the playground at school or inthe neighborhood, this does not mean that you know him or her. Although the face isfamiliar, he is still a stranger to you! A child should never go anywhere with someonewho tells them their parents are in trouble and need their help.
3. Adults should NOT ask children for help
Adults should not be asking children for help, but should be asking other adults. Anadult should never be asking children for help in any situation, including asking fordirections or locating a lost puppy or kitten.
Children should immediately go to a checkout counter or to a security guard and ask forhelp in finding their parents.
- going anywhere with anybody
- leaving the yard, play area, or going into someone's home
- getting a ride home with someone other than a bus driver or usual ride and/or
- getting into a car or going somewhere with somebody even if it's someone known
- where they are going
- how they will get there
- who will be going with them
- when they will be back
- to call if they are going to be late
You do NOT need to go near the car to talk to the people inside.