This month, I have begun teaching safety lessons in many of the grade levels. When I teach the safety lessons I focus on three safety rules; No, Go, Tell, Check First, and the Buddy System. No, Go, Tell is an easy and simple way for students to remember that when they are feeling uncomfortable and/or in danger of being hurt they need to say No and go and tell the closest adult that they can find. Check First replaces the "Stranger Danger" rule by teaching children to always check first with an adult before going anywhere or changing their plans. Lastly, the Buddy System reminds students to always take a buddy with them when they are going anywhere.
All of the rules empower the students to speak up and get an adult to make these important decisions. After we discuss the rules together as a class the students are given the opportunity to decide what safety rule to use when given certain scenarios. This allows them to put their knowledge into practice in situations that may come up. Some of the scenarios include; if an adult you don't know asks for help in finding their missing cat what would you do? If the doorbell rings and your family is busy what do you do? If you want to get a drink when you are watching a movie at the movie theater what do you do? When the students are able to figure out what to do in a real life situation that knowledge is powerful and makes them feel safer.
We also spend some time on 911 and when that number should be used, store/community strategies to use when you are lost (always stay in the store you last saw the adult you were with, ask for help from an employee when you are lost), and we briefly go over the important information that they should know such as home or cell phone number, street address and the first names of the students parent/guardian.