Children & Guns
* Do your children know what to do if they find a real
* Do you know what to tell them to do?
The National Rifle
Association's Eddie Eagle
program teaches children what to do if they find a gun.
2. DON'T TOUCH.
3. LEAVE THE AREA.
4. TELL AN ADULT.
Help to guarantee your children's health and safety.
Talk to them about what to do if they find a gun.
STOP. DON'T TOUCH. LEAVE THE AREA. TELL AN ADULT.
Your children (and your neighbor's children) are worth
If you are keeping a gun in your home for hobby,
sport or protection, you should know the following
Guns in your home increase the chances of a homicide or
suicide occurring in your home-it is three times more
likely a homicide will take place and five times more
likely that a suicide will take place. A handgun in your
home is more than 40 times as likely to kill a relative
as to stop a crime. 208 kids under the age
of 10 and over 4,100 teens
ages 15-19 are killed each year in incidents involving
RULES FOR GUN OWNERS:
If you have guns in your home, keep them unloaded and
Guns should have safety trigger locks.
Teach children that guns are not toys
It is easier to gun-proof a child than to child-proof a
Keep children safe from strangers!
The only way children will know how to be safe is
if you take the responsibility of teaching them.
Cover the safety bases with your children and make
sure they know that they can come to you to discuss any
problem or fear.
Children should know safe and well-traveled
routes to schools, parks and friends' homes.
Each child should memorize his or her full name,
address, phone number (with area code) and parents'
Teach your child how to contact help in the event
that he or she is being hassled or followed by a
and make sure they know to never accept rides from
Set aside a time to talk to your children about
Gear the talk to your children’s own level of
understanding and keep everything you say simple.
Be straight forward, yet caring. Never use scare tactics
your talk. Explain without frightening the sensitive
Know where your children are at all times. Be sensitive to the situations
where children could find themselves in danger, such as
being left alone in a car or toy department. Know the
names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your
children’s friends and be involved in their activities.
Notice if your children do not want to be with someone
and ask why.
Explain that a dangerous person is someone you do not
Tell children to ask themselves these questions: Have I
ever seen this person before? Do I know this
Emphasize that dangerous people may only pretend to be
They try to trick children so they can possibly do bad
things to them. Dangerous people can be big or
small, old or young. They can be men or women,
boys or girls. Pay close attention if someone pays
unusual attention to your children.
Explain the many situations children may find themselves
where a dangerous person may approach them and the
proper action to take.
Teach your child the “safe” places to go near your home
in case you are not near.
Talk about the many lures used by these people to get
children to go away with them such as: offering candy,
money, presents, and pets. Never put your children’s names
(first or last) on the outside of clothes etc.
Children are more likely to respond to someone who knows
Caution your children to never enter a car or home of
someone other than a trusted adult whom you have
Explain why they should only play with friends in
supervised areas, never in vacant buildings, vacant lots
Emphasize that it is OKAY to run away and attract
attention by screaming in scary situations. Explain that traditional manners
can be ignored at these times. Practice with your
children yelling for help.
Remind your children to always report any unusual people
or situations they encounter to you, a trusted adult, or
a law enforcement officer right away.
Most importantly, let your children know that you
are willing to talk and listen to anything they may want
Never underestimate any fears or concern your children
tell you about.
My Rules for Online Safety
I will not give out personal information such as my
telephone number, parents' work address/telephone
or the name and location of my school without my
I will tell my parents right away if I come across any
that makes me feel uncomfortable.
I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet"
without first checking with my parents. If my parents
agree to the meeting
, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring
my mother or father along.
I will never send a person my picture or anything else
without first checking with my parents.
I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in
way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I
message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right
that they can contact the online service.
I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules
for going online.
We will decide upon the time of day that I can be
online, the length
of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to
visit. I will
not access other areas or break these rules without
Baby Sitter Tips
When you baby-sit, you are entrusted with a child's
Prepare yourself for this important trust
by following these guidelines . . .
Have the following information written down and readily
accessible in the event of an emergency: Family name,
children's names, house address with nearest cross
street, instructions on how to contact the parents,
of close relatives and neighbors, doctor's name and
phone number along with a medical release. Include the
number of the poison control center (800) -382-9097 in
Porter County.. If you have a printer,
blank emergency information form is
Print several and use them when you are hired to
baby-sit. This information could make the difference in
an emergency. If you don't have a printer, call the
Sheriff's Department. We will be happy to mail the form
In the event of an emergency: Call 911: identify
yourself by name, tell them you are babysitting and
state the problem.
State the address of the house where you are and the
nearest cross street. (Be sure to specify north, South,
Avenue, Street, etc.) Give the phone number you are
calling from. Get written instructions about any
medicines to be given
to the children -- how much and what time. Having
visitors while babysitting is a bad policy. Always
get approval if you would like to have a visitor.
Find out which visitor to see in case of an emergency.
Be sure to meet the family dog.
Take a walk through the house and check for any special
locks, windows that cannot be climbed out of, other
telephones and anything all that would be a problem in
case of an emergency. During the walk through,
check for hazards and things
that the children can get into, such as matches, lighter
fluid, electric cords, plastic bags, medication, or
anything else that may be dangerous. Look to see
if there is a pool. Check for doggie doors and any
unlocked doors or windows leading to that area.
Have a mental fire drill: that is, plan on more ways
than one to get yourself and the children out of the
house in case of fire. Be sure to find out if you
are to give the children anything to eat or drink before
bed. Make sure all the doors and windows are
locked from the inside, and lock the front door after
the parents leave.
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE PARENTS LEAVE
If it is evening, turn on the porch/outside light.
If the children are asleep, check on them about every 15
minutes. If the
children are up, know their location at all times and
never leave them alone too long. If for any reason
you must leave
the house, TAKE THE CHILDREN WITH YOU. DO NOT open
the door for anyone unless you personally know them.
If someone insists on coming in you and do not recognize
them, or if you suspect a prowler, keep the door closed
CALL THE POLICE AT 911 immediately.
IN CASE OF FIRE
Sound the alarm -- yell FIRE as loud as possible. If
possible, close the door to the area where the fire is.
DO NOT attempt
to extinguish the fire, but rather attempt to save a
life. Get everyone out of the house, and do not go back
in for any reason.
Keep all the children together, and go to the approved
neighbor's home. Call the Fire Department at 911
and leave the children with the neighbors, then go back
outside to direct the firefighters to the fire if you
A well-prepared babysitter will be highly respected and
appreciated by parents. Any sitter who takes these
recommendations to heart will be in great demand.
LINKS TO SAFETY PAGES
- GREAT guide print it & distribute it to any and
- A site regarding drowning prevention w/medical links
- Links to agencys concerning child abduction
- Index of loads of links to other Safety Pages
- Basic Christmas & Home safety tips
- Keep Children's eyes safe from harm
- Huge Safety Page Fire, Pool Safety, & More, GOOD Page
Bear Fire Safety
- Only you can prevent forest fires
Alert & Stay Safe Kids
- Games/Treasure Chest, More geared for kids
Smart on the Web
- Safety Guidelines for Web Surfing
As Sheriff of Porter County, one of my main goals is
to make all of you
feel safe, comfortable and secure as you go to
school each day.
I'm asking you to
"LET US IN".
Tell us when a classmate talks about or brings a gun
or any type of weapon or bomb to school. We want to
Tell us when you hear someone threaten another
student or if
they harm them in any way. We want to know.
Tell us if anyone tries to sell you drugs or
pressures you to use them.
Tell us any and all of your concerns.
We want to know.
LET US IN.
This site was designed to give you a safe place to
report concerns and problems within your school.
Any concern. Anything that is important to
LET US IN.
Let us know what is going on in a way that you feel
Toll Free Hot Line
I am also available to you if you would like to talk
privately. My office is open to you at any time.
Just call or e-mail me.
Please help me keep your schools safe.
LET US IN - Sheriff David Lain
Porter County Schools
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your school to keep you safe.
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