The mission of JWRC is to “educate and assist families and communities to address and prevent the exploitation of children.” As parents and community members, we play a role in the safety of the children around us. The Gundersen Center wants to help guide parents to teach their children and teens about personal safety.
Children should check-in with parents and caregivers before going anywhere.
Hang-out in groups
Children and teens should go places and spend time in groups. Parents should have names and contact information of those they spend time with.
Trust your instincts
Teach your children to recognize their gut instincts, and how it is important to leave a situation if they feel like something is wrong.
Talk about all secrets
Let your child know that keeping a secrete is a red flag for a situation, and they should talk to you immediately.
Say no, get away, tell an adults
Talk to your child about saying no to an adult if the adult is trying to confuse or harm them.
Know all about you
Make sure your child knows your phone number and address, along with any other parent or caregiver. School information and 9-1-1 is also important for your child to be aware of.
Teach children about not giving out personal information over the internet, or meeting people online.
Help your child create a list of at least five trusted adults and their phone numbers for them to contact if they need help or guidance.
We encourage you to have a family safety night, and teach your children about staying safe in "what if" scenarios.
Learn more about the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center.