If you cannot Check First, you may use a Safety Person or a Safety House.
- Give your child the name of two Safety Persons and a Safety House. These are people you trust!
- Your child does not need to Check First before taking a ride, accepting candy or money, opening the door when home alone, etc. if it is a Safety Person.
- Children older than third grade may be given names of three persons or even a Code Word. Caution them not to get closer than two arm lengths away from the person to hear the code word! If the Code Word is used it should be replaced.
- A Safety House is someplace safe they can go if they need help. It does not need to be the house where the Safety Person lives.
- Prepare your child to use a Safety Person or Safety House before a situation arises.
- A Safety Person is the only exception to the Check First rule for younger children! Older children should evaluate the entire situation and may need to rely upon a “gut” or intuitive feeling if the Check First rule is not applicable.
The curriculum goes into more detail on this subject.