Back to School: Back to Safety

With the arrival of September comes the arrival of rustling papers, slamming lockers, and excited voices: it’s back-to-school season.

For non-parents, this means that roads may become more congested, and you may have to drive with more caution. For parents, this means that your home will be significantly quieter for about 40% of the day.  It means that your children are again venturing into the world to broaden their education. It also means that they’re more at risk.

Now that it’s back-to-school season, parents are advised to brush up on safety rules with their children. Warn them of traffic rules and dangers. Remind them of any dangerous scenarios and check that they know necessary phone numbers and addresses. Remind them of who is a “safe person,” and who is not. But even though parents may take precautions to teach children to be safe, children may not always listen.  That’s why you need to make sure that your children are not surrounded by potentially dangerous people; know whom they interact with.

Earlier this year, a convicted pedophile in Utah stole a school bus and attempted to pick up children. Thankfully, he was stopped by parents and police, but the situation could have escalated out of control. The man had been on the Sexual Offenders Registry, but went rogue and could have hurt many more children.

In New York, it was discovered that a convicted rapist lived a block down from a special-needs school, and a mere 1000 feet from a pre-kindergarten center. The man has now been relocated to another home, but only after a protest.

Situations such as these are often unpredictable and unpreventable. It’s unfeasible to monitor a sexual offender 24/7, unless we begin implementing tracking bracelets. So what’s the alternative?

Parents must simply be more vigilant about the people your children surround themselves with. There are many services out there that can help you keep your kids safe from danger. Internet services like our Kids Live Safe service helps you locate every registered sexual offender in your area. Knowing the potential dangers in your zip code can better help you protect your children.

Your kids are getting ready to head back to school; parents should get ready to head back to safety.

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