Set aside time to explore the Internet with your children. If your child has some computer experience, let them lead the way. Teach your children about exploitation, pornography, hate literature, excessive violence, and other issues that concern you, so they know how to respond if they see this material, however innocently. Also remind children to let you know immediately if they find something scary or threatening on the Internet. If your child receives threatening e-mail or pornographic materials, save the material and contact local law enforcement.
Ideas to Consider:
- Teach children NOT to give out identifying information such as: name, passwords, parent's name, home address, school name, and telephone number.
- Know the Internet services your child is using.
- Never allow your child to meet face-to-face with someone they met on the Internet without your permission and without a parent going with them.
- Keep your computer in an area where there is adult supervision, as in the kitchen or family room, NOT in their bedroom.
- Keep the computer time limited to only a short time daily or weekly.
- Children should never be allowed to enter an area that charges for services without parent permission.
- If your child uses the public library computer, know their Internet access policy.
- If a child's friend has Internet access, know what their family rules are for Internet use.
- Children should NOT be allowed to send pictures of themselves or family via the Internet without parental permission.
Kids and Cars Safety
Many caring and responsible parents have left their children alone in a car, not realizing the risks involved. The results of leaving children unattended in or around vehicles can lead to a potential tragedy.
Safety Tips for Kids and Vehicles:
- Never let your child play inside a vehicle.
- Be aware of child proof locks. Teach older children how to disable the driver's lock if they get locked inside.
- Keep the keys out of the vehicle when it is not in use.
- If a child is locked inside the vehicle, get them out as quickly as possible and call 9-1-1, if needed.
- Make sure to walk all the way around your vehicle before getting in to ensure that there are no children playing behind your vehicle.
Leaving Children Alone in Cars
- The temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in minutes.
- Children are naturally curious. They like to pretend to drive, and they can set a vehicle into motion in seconds.
- Children left inside a vehicle may exit the vehicle to look for their parent.
- A child could be caught in the power windows or sunroofs causing injury or death.
If you see that a child has been left inside of a vehicle unattended please contact the Burnsville Police Department at 952-895-4600 or dial 9-1-1.
Halloween Safety for Kids
- Short & snug costumes are important, baggy sleeves, big capes, puffy skirts can trip you and catch fire if they brush against jack-o-lanterns or candle flames.
- Make sure your shoes fit, big floppy shoes (clown shoes or adult shoes) are hard to walk in and may make you fall.
- Make sure your props are flexible; they can hurt you badly if you fall.
- Make sure you wear a mask that fits you properly. The eye-holes should allow you to see fully. Painting your face may be a better option.
- Drivers have a difficult time seeing kids in costumes. Be creative with glow in the dark stickers and reflective tape.
- Stop and look both ways before crossing the street.
- Do not cross the street from between parked cars.
- Trick or treat with an adult or in groups.
- Make sure your parents check your treats before you eat them.
- If a piece of your candy is unwrapped throw it away.
Each year fireworks cause more than 8,000 injuries and result in an average of 20 deaths. Children under the age of 14 account for 25% of fireworks-related injuries. Fireworks cause an estimated $26 million in property damage each year and are responsible for more than 24,000 fires annually.
Fireworks Safety Tips
- Always wear safety glasses when using fireworks.
- Do not wear loose clothing when using fireworks.
- An adult should always be present and supervise the use of fireworks.
- Purchase your fireworks from a licensed dealer only.
- Read all labels and follow all instructions before lighting fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Have a safe landing zone for aerial fireworks. Consideration should be given to wind direction and ignitability of everything in the landing zone.
- Have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water on hand to extinguish an incipient fire.
- Never ignite fireworks while holding them.
Never assume an ignited firework that fails to explode is safe to approach. Delayed explosions have injured many people.