Our View: Talk about safety with your child

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A special workbook teaching safety tips for children has been provided this week to schools in Crescent City and Brookings by the communities' newspapers.

The Daily Triplicate and our sister paper, the Curry Coastal Pilot, have donated enough copies of the special publication andquot;Safety Smartandquot; so every elementary student in both cities can have one.

The 16-page andquot;Safety Smartandquot; workbook offers lessons on andquot;the right to be free and safe,andquot; a personal safety quiz, a game based on personal safety tips, and andquot;Nine Fine Cool Rulesandquot; for child safety.

The tips range from making sure children know their home phone number to having a family code word that can be used when a friend or family member needs to have before children will go with them.

The tabloid also has a list of resources that educators and families can go to for more safety tips and lesson plans.

Child safety ought to be foremost on our minds. Almost daily, we hear about child abductions and abuse. We hope these tabloids will prevent similar incidents from occurring in Del Norte and Curry counties. None of our young should be robbed of their childhood.

We encourage teachers and parents to go over the tabloid's tips with their children.

The National Newspaper Association developed the tabloid's materials and provided to newspapers nationwide as part of their regular Newspaper In Education programs.

Both the Triplicate and the Pilot have on-going Newspaper in Education programs that use donations to provide free newspapers in local classrooms. To donate, or for more information, call the Triplicate at 707-464-2141 or the Pilot at 541-469-3123.

Child Safety Tips

?Don't let your child wear clothing with his or her name on it. A child will tend to pay attention to anyone calling him or her by name.

?Do not leave a child unattended while shopping, visiting with neighbors or friends, or running errands. Under no circumstances should you leave a child alone in a car or truck.

?Make sure your child always checks with you before going anywhere with anyone.

?Make sure your child learns his or her address and phone number at an early age.

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