11 Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe • Make sure your child always knows how to reach you or another responsible adult. • 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 supervision. • 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 clothing. • 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 www.preventchildabusega.org.
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