11 Tips for Keeping
Your Child Safe
• Make sure your child always knows how to reach you or another responsible
• Teach your child his name, address, telephone number, and those of his
school, relatives, and family friends.
• Know the adults and children your child spends time with, and know your
child’s whereabouts and activities.
• Interview all potential babysitters and ask for references.
• Assure that your child’s schools and activities always provide adequate adult
• If your child babysits, arrange for transportation and know the families for
whom he sits.
• Don’t display your child’s first name in highly visible places such as on his
• Limit the time your child spends on a computer and keep computers with
Internet access in common areas.
• Keep guns out of your home.
• Listen to your child. Believe him if he tells you the words or actions of
another individual have made him uncomfortable.
• If you suspect a child is being abused, call your local child protective ser-
vices office or the local police. For information on child safety issues, call
the PCA Georgia Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) or visit