Halloween perfect time to teach kids about safety

    "Billy Brings his Buddies" kit helps teachers and parents get started

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - As families get ready for Halloween, parents
are reminded that this is a great time to discuss safety with their children.
One of the easiest and most important lessons to teach young children is the
Buddy System.
    The Buddy System stresses the importance of safety in numbers and
encourages children to always go places (including trick-or-treating) with a
friend or trusted adult.
    To help children learn the Buddy System, the Canadian Centre for Child
Protection, in partnership with Honeywell, distributed Billy Brings his
Buddies safety kits, free of charge, to every school in Canada with grade one
children. The safety kit includes a lesson plan for teachers, access to an
interactive and animated online storybook, practice activities for children,
and take-home information for families to review and complete.
    "Effective personal safety education involves more than telling young
children not to talk to strangers," states Lianna McDonald, Executive Director
of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "We urgently need to move beyond
that message because we know that children are more likely to be harmed by
someone they know."
    "Honeywell is committed to helping make our communities safer," states
Brian Stoddart, Director of Human Resources at Honeywell Canada. "We are proud
of our partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and their
initiative in teaching young children the importance of personal safety."
    Parents are encouraged to read the animated online storybook with their
young children by visiting www.billybuddy.ca.
    In addition to the Buddy System, parents are encouraged to review the
following safety strategies with their children before trick-or-treating this

    -  If asked to go and your parents don't know, shout NO!: Never enter
       anyone's house even if asked by the homeowner. Also, never accept a
       ride from anyone - even someone you know - without your parent or
       guardian's permission

    -  Trust your instincts: Your instincts are the feelings inside of you
       that warn you of danger. Pay attention to your body's alarm and always
       be aware of your environment to make sure you are safe. Do not go to a
       house that gives you a creepy feeling. Never eat treats before your
       parents check them out and never take shortcuts across yards or back

    -  Have a communication plan with your parents: Where you are and who you
       are with is very important information. Talk with your parents about
       where are you are allowed to go and where you should not go. Stay in
       areas that you are familiar with. You should also talk to your parents
       about how long you will be gone. It is a good idea to make frequent
       stops at home to let your parents know that you are safe.

    -  Shout NO, run, tell someone: If someone asks you to do something that
       makes you feel uncomfortable, scared, or sad - be assertive. Say NO,
       run away, and tell a trusted adult what happened. Always remember that
       when you feel confused about something an adult does, it is not your

    -  Remember street safety: Always remember to walk - not run - across the
       street and always look both ways before crossing.

    About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection

    The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organization
dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Its goal is to reduce child
victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. The
Centre operates the Kids in the Know personal safety program and Cybertip.ca,
Canada's tipline for reporting online child sexual exploitation. For more
information, please visit www.protectchildren.ca.

    About Honeywell

    The partnership between Honeywell and the Canadian Centre for Child
Protection stems from Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's community
outreach initiative which focuses on three areas of vital importance: Science
and Math Education Family Safety and Security, Housing and Shelter and
Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions,
Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in its
communities. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.

For further information:

For further information: Erin Madden, Canadian Centre for Child
Protection, (204) 945-5735; Natalie Pastuszak, Honeywell Canada, (905)

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