Thursday, November 26, 2015

Firearm Safety: Tips from Tucson Fire Dept.

Steps To Safety

1. Keep the gun unloaded. Never leave a bullet in a stored gun.
2. Always keep the gun's safety on, even if it is unloaded.
3. Store all firearms out of children's reach and in a locked cabinet or drawer.
4. Store ammunition in a separate locked cabinet.
5. Treat all guns and firearms, including pellet guns, as if they are loaded.
6. Tell children to never touch a gun.
7. Keep no firearms in the home if someone has a history of depression or threatens suicide.
8. Teach gun safety in the home.
9. All gun owners and children of owners should take a gun safety course.

Friday, August 28, 2015

School Safety

For most of the year, children spend more time at school than anywhere else other than their own home. At school, children need a secure, positive, and comfortable environment to help them learn.

Overall, schools are one of the safest places children can be. However, some schools have problems, such as bullying and theft, which make them less secure. These problems make students and educators feel less safe, and it makes it harder for students to learn and for teachers to do their jobs.

But there are specific ways that parents can make going to school a safer and more valuable learning experience for their children.

In the Classroom

  1. Kids need a safe and comfortable environment to learn to the best of their capabilities. This means they have to feel safe in their school and be able to positively interact with their teachers and classmates. By doing the following, parents and other adults can help make sure children have a positive school experience.
  2. Talk to your children about their day. Sometimes children won’t tell you right away if they are having problems at school. Ask your children if they see anyone bullied, if they are bullied, or if anything else makes them feel uncomfortable. Look for warning signs, such as a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, or torn clothing.
  3. Teach children to resolve problems without fighting. Explain that fighting could lead to them getting hurt, hurting someone else, or earning a reputation as a bully. Talk to them about other ways they can work out a problem, such as talking it out, walking away, sticking with friends, or telling a trusted adult.
  4. Keep an eye on your children’s Internet use. Many elementary schools have computers with Internet access. Ask your children’s school if students are monitored when they use the Internet or if there is a blocking device installed to prevent children from finding explicit websites. Talk to your children about what they do online – what sites they visit, who they email, and who they chat with. Let them know they can talk to you if anything they see online makes them uncomfortable, whether it’s an explicit website or a classmate bullying them or someone else through email, chat, or websites.
  5. Ask about the safety and emergency plans for your children’s school. How are local police involved? How are students and parents involved? What emergencies have been considered and planned for?
Traveling To and From School

  1. Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid busy roads and intersections. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people.
  2. Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with crossing guards when they can.
  3. Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
  4. Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. Tell them that if they see a suspicious stranger hanging around or in their school they should tell an adult.
  5. Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.

On the bus

  1. Have your children arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick them up.
  2. Make sure children know to stand on the sidewalk or on the grass while waiting for the bus.
  3. Teach children to make sure they can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see them before crossing in front of the bus. Tell them to never walk behind the bus.
  4. Be aware that often bullying takes place on the school bus. Ask children about their bus - who they sit with, who they talk to, and what the other kids do. Let them know that if they see someone being bullied, or are bullied themselves, they can talk to you, the bus driver, or another trusted adult.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A missing child: Search and Find!

When it comes to a missing child, every second counts. The Lassy Project is a free service that gives parents and guardians the ability to notify an entire local community about their missing child in just seconds.
With this app you send a text alert, hence parents can mobilize a trusted group of family, friends and neighbors immediately to help with their search. To get more details click here.

Six year old Isabel Celis disappeared from her Tucson home in 2012. For her story please click here.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Help Delete Online Predators

Every day, children are being tricked and sexually solicited online.

A true story?
Suzie Starks, a 12-year-old, was fairly popular. Suzie spent a lot of time online. She felt more comfortable there. One day she met a new friend online. They liked the same music. They worried about the same subjects in school. They promised to keep each other’s secrets.
They decided to meet at the mall. Suzie showed up early. So did her new friend.
Only her friend wasn’t in middle school. Wasn’t nice. Wasn't a girl...... and wasn’t 14.

You may not know what your kids are really doing online or who they are actually writing to. Most of the time, they don't realize who they really are writing to either.

So get involved. To protect your kid’s online life or report an incident, call 1-800-THE LOST or visit

Learn how to talk to your kids about better protecting their online lives. Visit "HDOP": help delete online predators.