Family Safety Night: An Evening to Connect and Have Fun
Empower your family with a fun night of safety!
First, gather the items listed below to use during your Family Safety Night:
- The whole family
- Set the tone: When you talk to your kids about safety, it doesn't have to be scary... it can be fun!
- Food - Order in so everyone's focus is on the information and not the preparation
- OPTIONAL: Make a child ID kit.
Once you have all these items, you are ready to have a fun night of learning about safety, gathering invaluable information and connecting as a family.
||Topics to Discuss on your Family Safety Night:
1. Home Safety – Ask some basic questions about safety in your home to make sure everyone has the same information. You can even make a game out of it. Ask questions like: Where is the first aid kit and the fire extinguisher? Where do we meet when there is severe weather?
2. Personal Safety – Remind your children that they are special and deserve to be safe. Reinforce the message that if they are ever in a situation or with a person who makes them feel uncomfortable or afraid they should immediately talk to a parent or other trusted adult. With small children we often label this as the “uh-oh” feeling. Play some “What If” games to make this loaded topic seem less scary. “What if we were separated in a store?” “What if someone asked you to keep a secret from your parent?”
4. Five Trusted Adults – Make a list of five trusted adults outside your immediate family your children could call in case of an emergency or if they needed to talk about a problem. Let your children call the different adults to ask if they would be willing to be on a contact list. Post the phone numbers of the five adults next to the phone. If the children are older, add the numbers to their cell phones.
5. Personal ID Kit - This is optional. You can use our printable ID kit, with instructions, and some common household items. Remember that the most important piece is a recent photo, which is invaluable in missing persons investigations.
Click here to download/print PDF handout.