When you think of safety, you probably want to automatically tune out. “Boring” and “the same old thing” is probably your first reaction. However, if you ever watch the news or read news articles online, it is apparent there is a need to protect yourself from potentially dangerous situations. Be realistic. There is so much going on in the world today that it is tough to know everything all on your own.

That’s why we have made this booklet. We know that you may have heard some of these safety tips before but there might be something in here that you haven’t heard before and it could be useful. The purpose of this booklet is to provide general safety guidelines; however, there is no one answer to avoid dangerous situations.

Nobody wants to compromise their own safety or become a victim of crime. No matter who you are, or who you are with, you need to be aware of unsafe situations. The bottom line is use your common sense and look out for yourself.

Going Out At Night

Sometimes when you think about it, it doesn’t occur to you where you need to keep your own personal safety in mind. Just to be on the safe side, it is best to always keep alert and to be aware of your surroundings. At night, almost any place can be a risk because it is more difficult to see your surroundings. Some of these places include:

  • Shopping malls
  • School
  • Parties
  • Movie theatres
  • Concerts
  • Parking lots
  • Elevators
  • Parks
  • Parcades
  • Work
  • A friend’s house
  • Camping and cottages
  • and on your way to or from any of these places

All these places probably feel safe during the day, however, at night it becomes dark and there tends to be fewer people around. Darkness and isolation at night can make you more vulnerable to hazardous situations. Here are a few ways to avoid being alone at night and to make yourself less vulnerable:

  • Always make sure you have a safe way home at night whether you get a ride or have somebody meet you;
  • Make sure someone always knows where you are going and when you will be back, even if they only have a general idea it is better than nothing;
  • Being alone at night is never a good idea when traveling outside. It is always a good idea to go out in a group or at least with one other person;
  • Avoid isolated areas at night since that is where you are the most vulnerable. Do not take unnecessary shortcuts at night that are out of the way and could be potentially dangerous;
  • If you have a cell phone, it is a good idea to bring it with you so you have easy access in case you need to make a call;
  • Carry extra money for a taxi in case you get stuck for a ride;
  • Don’t travel with people that you don’t know well or trust. They may put you in a situation that you don’t want to be in;
  • If you are walking at night, stay alert to your surroundings. In addition, you should also convey with your body language that you know where you are going and don’t want to be bugged (keep your head up, walk purposefully);
  • If you live in an apartment building, don’t get into an elevator if you don’t feel safe;
  • If you are taking the bus, sitting near the driver so you are not isolated at the back of the bus can be a good idea;
  • If taking the bus or subway, wait in the designated safety area or wait near the token booth;

If you are traveling in a car at night, there are still a few precautions you should take:

  • Keep all your windows and doors locked when driving at night;
  • Try and park in a non isolated, lit area;
  • Have your keys ready before you approach your car. Have them in hand before you leave the building you are coming from as having to fish around in your pocket or purse can leave you vulnerable for just enough time for something dangerous to happen while you are not paying attention.
  • Although it seems obvious, don’t hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker. In either situation, the person is someone you don’t know and can be a potential danger;
  • Be sure to have a cell phone in case you need to make an emergency phone call from the car.

…And In the Daytime

Although the night-time tends to be seen as more dangerous, you still must keep yourself alert during the day. Just because it is daytime doesn’t automatically mean that there is no danger. It still requires you to use your common sense and protect yourself. The main difference between the daytime and night-time is visibility and the number of people around. At night it is more difficult to see and the streets tend to be less crowded. If a place does not appear to be safe or if you feel uncomfortable, it is best to avoid that place even in the daytime.

What If I’m Approached?

Despite your safety precautions, you may find yourself in a situation where you are approached by a person who poses a threat to you. There are a few things that you can do to prevent the situation from becoming dangerous:

  • Try your best to remain as calm as possible and try not to panic or become angry. If you are calm, you will be able to react and think more logically.
  • If someone you don’t know stops you for directions or to ask you a question, tell them you are in a hurry and keep walking.
  • If the person wants your money or wallet, simply give it to them. In this situation, you don’t want to change theft into a violent circumstance.
  • If possible, make a conscious effort to remember features about the person in order to be able to give a description about them later.
  • If you feel you are being followed, cross the street, go to a more populated area, go into a store or knock on the door of a house nearby to make yourself less vulnerable. If you are being followed by a car, change directions and try to get their license plate number.
  • If you are in an elevator and approached, hit the alarm button and press as many floor buttons as possible;
  • Above all use your instinct, if something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t.

If you are approached, and you feel like your safety is threatened, or the person is harassing or scaring you, don’t hesitate to call the police immediately and identify yourself and where you are.

What If Someone I Know Is Threatening Me?

If a situation arises where your safety is threatened by someone you know a little (example, an acquaintance from school) or very well (example, your ex) you may be a victim of stalking. Stalking occurs when a person is repeatedly harassed, threatened or followed by someone. The result of this behaviour leads the victim to fear for his or her safety. The person stalking can be someone like an ex-friend or ex-boy/girlfriend but it can also be someone you don’t know at all.

The following are examples of stalking behaviour, or unwanted acts that are repeated over a period of time and that make the victim feel unsafe or fearful:

  • Following someone
  • Writing notes or letters repeatedly
  • Texting repeatedly
  • Phoning or visiting someone several times
  • Watching someone at home, school or work
  • Sending unwanted gifts
  • Sending written or verbal threats
  • Vandalizing the person’s property, belongings, etc.

If someone is doing this to you or someone you know it should be taken seriously. Tell your parents and the police immediately.

Drugs and Drinking

Oh no, not the “Don’t do drugs and alcohol because they are bad” speech. Being a teen, this topic probably has crossed your path many times before. Not only are drugs illegal, but they are a hazard to your health. This is probably not earth shattering news to you. How about drinking under age is illegal and alcohol has harmful effects on the body? OK, not exactly something new to your either. But the potential dangers of using drugs or alcohol are not always the obvious and most talked about stuff.

You see the problem with drugs and alcohol isn’t always the direct physical effects but rather how it impairs your judgment. This means that because you aren’t thinking straight, you might make stupid decisions or put yourself in potentially risky situations. Although you may usually be responsible and look out for your own safety, while intoxicated you may make decisions that you normally wouldn’t. For example, while intoxicated it might make perfect sense to walk home late at night instead of trying to find an alternative way home. This is an unnecessary risk that you could take because you are not thinking clearly. This is another reason it is in your best interest to travel in groups or with a buddy. By having others around you, they may be thinking more logically and will avoid making silly but risky decisions; safety in numbers. Being drunk or high might make you vulnerable to trusting people you shouldn’t trust and incapable of protecting yourself from potential harm.

Although the best scenario is to avoid drugs and alcohol all together, if you find yourself in a situation where alcohol or drugs have been consumed there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Always go out with a group or at least one other person you trust. This is in case you or your friends become drunk; at least there are others there to make you look and feel less vulnerable to potentially dangerous situations.
  • Never consume an unknown substance because you never know the effects it can have on your body and your mental state of mind. If you consume something that you don’t know the effects of, you may end up in an incoherent state and you may not have the ability to think about your own safety.
  • Don’t accept alcohol (or drugs for that matter) from people you don’t know and trust. You might think you know what is in it and what it will do to you, but it only takes a moment for someone to add an additional drug or other substance to that drink to make you much more intoxicated and vulnerable then that drink should have made you.
  • On that note, never leave your drink unattended, someone could spike it or put an unknown substance in it. If someone puts an unknown drug in your drink, it could cause you to be in an undesired mental state or even unconscious.
  • Never get into a car where the driver has been drinking or doing drugs.
  • Always look out for intoxicated friends. If friends of yours or people you know become intoxicated, keep an eye out for them in order to prevent them from being in a compromising situation.
  • Never leave with someone that you don’t know that well. Although you don’t want to travel alone at night, you don’t want to get a ride or leave with someone you can’t completely trust either.
  • If you are stuck for a way home or the person that was supposed to drive you home drinks, it is better to call your parents for a ride. Parents will be angrier if you jeopardize your own safety rather than call them for a ride home.

Party Tips

When parents leave town, you or your friends may be tempted to have a party. Of course the best way to avoid trouble and danger is simply not to host or attend parties that are not being overlooked by adults. You’re probably thinking what is the point of a party if parents are there? Although you might not want to admit it, basically parents want to look out for your personal safety. In the absence of parents, it is up to you and your friends to watch out for yourself and each other.

The first piece of advice is to never attend a party alone. That is a really stupid thing to do because you would needlessly be putting yourself at risk of being harmed. Translation: always go in a group of people or at least with one other person. This way at least you can watch each other’s back and you are less vulnerable when you are in the company of others.

If you are having the party at your house also remember that word can get around pretty quickly and you might have a lot of people show up who you don’t know and may not want there. Be careful in this situation, having a lot of people you don’t know at your party or even just a lot more people then you expected, can cause problems and the party might get out of control. If things get out of control you might want to consider calling a neighbour or even the police. You might get in trouble as a result but it could be better than having to explain how your house got trashed or having to pay for or repair any damage to your house that the uninvited attendees may have caused.

If people are drinking or doing drugs at the party it is important to watch out for them.

  • If your friends do drink, it is a good idea to have at least one person in the group that stays sober in order to watch out for the safety of intoxicated friends.
  • Never go with a person you just met at the party to an isolated place—because you just met them you don’t know if they can be trusted. Most people seem nice when you first meet them.
  • Never leave an intoxicated friend alone because sometimes when people drink too much they are susceptible to being misled and are vulnerable.
  • If you are camping or at a cottage, be careful of where you go, whether it is to the woods or to an unfamiliar town.
  • If you are at a bush party, try to stick close to the group because the outdoors at night is an unsafe place, especially secluded places, you might even get lost.
  • If you drink yourself, stick close to your friends.
  • Never leave your drink unattended because someone can either spike it or put an unknown drug in it. This includes drinking from a punch bowl.
  • Be wary of people you and your friends don’t really know. It is better to be overcautious than not cautious enough.
  • Always leave the party with the same people you came with.

If you are having the party at your house keep in mind that you or your parents are accountable for people who have been drinking at your house. This means that you can be held legally responsible if people at the party drink and drive or get injured. Not only is it important that you do not allow those that have been drinking to drive for their own safety and the safety of passengers and others on the road, but also for your own protection from being charged with an offence or being sued. You can also be held responsible and charged for underage drinking at the party.

What you can do is have everybody give their keys to a reliable and sober person to be put in a guarded place (ex. a jar). That way, if anyone appears incapable of driving, a different way for them to get home can be arranged.

Parties can be tricky because they are intended to be fun but they are also a place that can become dangerous if you are not careful. If you plan ahead on whom you are going with, how you are going to get there, have emergency money, and stick together, you are reducing the risk of putting yourself in an uncertain situation. By keeping yourself alert and aware, you are also protecting yourself and preventing unnecessarily dangerous situations.

Date Rape

Date Rape, also known as acquaintance rape, is where someone is forced or coerced into sexual activity without their consent by someone who they know. Most perpetrators of rape are known to the victim, perhaps a friend, an acquaintance, or a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Most victims of rape and date rape are female and between the ages of 14 and 24. Although most victims of rape are female, males are raped too. It is believed that fewer men come forward to police when they’ve been raped but it is estimated that about 5-8% of victims of rape are male.

It is important to remember that rape involves any unwanted sexual activity, whether forced or coerced. Just because a victim let it happen, after being coerced, does not mean they gave their consent. Coercive or forceful behaviours to engage in sexual activity are illegal and considered rape. NO means NO.

How Does Date Rape Usually Occur?

It usually occurs when people are alone together. You can become vulnerable when in another person’s apartment, room, or car.

Sometimes a significant factor is alcohol and drugs that impairs judgment. Victims may also be drugged by the rapist in order to incapacitate them.

Sometimes when two people are engaged in consenting sexual activities one person may want to take it to the next level but the other does not. The person might push the other into letting it happen, coercing them, and although they stop resisting they really do not want it to happen and did not give their consent. This is rape. It is important to remember that if you feel pressured into engaging in a sexual act that you really do not want to engage in then don’t do it. Stop it, say NO. It is your body and only you have control over it.

Another situation where date rape can occur is when there are misinterpreted signals. A rapist might argue in their defence that the victim indicated she had wanted to have sex or was playing hard to get. This is no excuse at all. Regardless of what the offender may have interpreted NO means NO.

Tips to help avoid situations that might lead to date rape:

  • Examine your feelings about sex before going too far. Do not just decide what you feel “in the moment.” Deciding beforehand will make you less vulnerable to persuasion and forced intercourse.
  • Set sexual limits for yourself. Do not perform or let anyone perform any sexual act towards you that makes you feel uncomfortable that exceeds your limit. Never feel ashamed about setting limits.
  • If the person you are interested in is someone worth dating, they will respect your limits.
  • Communicate firmly and early to your partner what your expectations for sexual encounters are. This will make it easier for your partner to know and accept your decision.
  • Don’t be afraid to be forceful and firm if you feel uncomfortable. If you are uncomfortable or fearful in a situation then get out of there, listen to your instincts.
  • Be aware that alcohol and drugs are often related to date rape. Be sure to always have a friend with you who you trust in situations where you are drinking or using drugs and watch out for each other.

What to do if you or someone you know has been raped?

  • Tell someone you trust who can help you. Having the support of a close friend or parent will help a lot. If the victim is someone you know, talk to them and offer them your help.
  • Contact a local sexual assault centre. Many communities have sexual assault centers with counselors and 24/7 sexual assault crisis lines. They can be there for you and to answer any questions you have.
  • Get medical help if you need it. Go see your family doctor or go to your local hospital. If you have concerns about sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy they can also help you. Further, a doctor can also gather evidence that can be used to prosecute the offender. It is common to feel dirty and to want to shower however but it is important not to do this before seeing a doctor as otherwise evidence might be washed away.
  • Report the incident to police. Even if you are unsure whether it was a rape or not they can help you. The reality is if it feels wrong then it probably was.
  • Often victims are afraid of telling anyone because they don’t think anyone will believe them. However, friends, family, medical professionals, and police are there to help you. You will never know if they will believe you or not unless you try.

The Date-Rape Drug

Rohypnol is the most popular drug used for sedation. It is a legally manufactured sleeping pill in South America, Asia, Europe and Mexico. It belongs to the class of drugs known as Benzodiazepines, which include Valium and Xanax. It is 10 times more potent than Valium, which makes it one of the strongest sedatives in the world.

Rohypnol is illegal in Canada and the United States.

Rohypnol’s street names include: Date-rape, Roachies, La Roche, Rope, Rib, Roche, Rophies, Roofies, Ruffies, Mexican Valium, R-2, the forget pill, peanuts, whiteys, ropes, pappas, ro-shays, or robinal circles.

The “date rape drug,” is found at parties, clubs and other events where alcohol or other beverages are consumed. This drug can be slipped into a person’s drink and render them vulnerable to unsafe situations.

Alcohol and Rohypnol have a much more negative and impairing effect on memory and judgment when taken together. When people combine alcohol with Rohypnol they typically experience “blackouts” that last anywhere from 8 to 24 hours.

Other side effects include: memory loss, unconsciousness, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, loss of inhibition, loss of muscle control and judgment, and may cause amnesia in cases where a person has ingested a high dosage.

This drug usually comes in the form of a small white pill. The pill dissolves easily into beverages such as beer, liquor and soft drinks. The drug is difficult to detect because it has no odor, colour or taste.

The effects of the pill can take place within a few minutes of consumption (usually 20 to 30 minutes after consumption.) The victim’s actions look as though the person is “wasted” and has had too much to drink. The behavior appears similar to a person that is very drunk: slurring speech, stumbling, no coordination, swaying, blood-shot eyes and acting “out of it.”

This drug is a popular choice among predators because it helps to keep the rapist’s identity unknown to the victim. Also the cheap cost (usually less than $5 for a pill) makes it affordable and appealing.

The “Date Rape” drug makes sexual assault an easy task for the predator. The drug makes the victim less able to resist, mobile, and to scream for help.

GHB is another popular “date rape drug” that is legally used by some weight lifters for body building. It is similar to Rohypnol. GHB us also known as: G, Liquid ecstacy, liquid e, liquid x, scoop, soap, gook, grievous bodily harm, natural sleep-500, and easy lay.

Its side effects include: intense and abrupt drowsiness, dizziness, slower and deep respiration, decreased body temperature, vomiting, memory loss, interference with mobility and verbal coherence, loss of consciousness, diarrhea, seizure, decreased heart rate and excessive salivation.

The sedative effects take place only 15 to 20 minutes after consumption.

It is undetectable 12 hours after consumption.

Ways to Protect Yourself from the Date Rape Drug

  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Do not accept a drink from someone you do not know.
  • Be careful who you are drinking with (i.e. Someone you just met).
  • At a party, do not accept any open drinks from anyone other than a trusted friend (even a soft drink may be spiked).
  • Be cautious of what you are drinking (i.e. from a punch bowl at a party).
  • Stay alert when at a party. Be aware of the behavior of your friends. If they appear much more drunk then they should be, you should become concerned and get them home safely.
  • Do not ever leave a party with a stranger or an acquaintance. Do not ever let your friends leave with a stranger or someone they do not know very well.
  • If you suspect you or your friend has ingested the drug, go immediately to the Hospital or call the Police. You can be tested for Rohypnol. This test should be done as soon as possible because the drug can only be detected within 48 to 60 hours of being taken.

Depression

Teenage years are full of dramatic changes. Teens often feel pressure to perform well in school, in social groups and at home. Most teens experience good and bad times. Many teens feel down at times, but for some teens these sad feelings do not seem to pass.

It is important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with depression and seek help if this feeling persists.

A potential danger is suicide. The Canadian Mental Health Association has said that suicide is the second leading cause of death of young people besides motor vehicles. Some teens feel they cannot escape their depression, or receive help, but they can.

Common warning signs of depression:

  • Sudden change in behaviour (for better or for worst).
  • Lack of interest.
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities.
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Feelings of hopelessness.
  • Irritability, aggression or emotional outbursts.
  • Skipping school, drop in grades.
  • Unusual neglect of personal appearance.
  • Marked changes in sleeping or eating patterns.
  • Thoughts of death.
  • Marked personality change.
  • Talk of suicide.

What you as a friend can do:

  • Really listen. Do not judge or challenge.
  • Help them see the positives in their future.
  • Ask them if they have plans of suicide or have made previous attempts.
  • Guide them to other sources of help (such as suicide prevention or crisis hotlines).

Who to talk to/seek for Help:

  • Family doctor
  • Family, friends
  • Teacher, school counsellor
  • Distress/crisis line

If at any time you or someone you know is at risk of suicide then it is important that you get yourself or the person you know help. For help 24/7 you can call your local distress/crisis line or Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. Kids Help Phone is also online, and has forums specifically for teens suffering from depression. You can go to their website at www.kidshelpphone.ca and ask any questions you want and a counselor will respond in a very short period of time). Someone is always there to help and no one should suffer alone.

If serious risk of suicide exists it is important to call 911.

Safety at School

Although school is usually a safe place, difficult situations can sometimes arise. Because most of your time is spent there, you need to know what’s going on in your school.

If you or someone you know is threatened by another student, take them seriously. If in doubt on what to do in a situation like that, discuss it with your parents or someone you feel comfortable with, possibly a guidance counselor.

Be careful of people on school property who don’t seem to belong there. If they appear to be a threat to the safety of the students report it to the principal or someone else of authority in the school.

If you have problems with other students, becoming involved in a physical fight can make the problem worse. If you feel that your safety is threatened, letting someone know can help to the situation. Even though it may seem like a last resort, telling your parents or even teachers may provide a way to keep you from being harmed. Don’t let pride get in the way of avoiding intimidating situations.

If you are aware of other students bringing weapons to school, report it even if you have to do anonymously to protect your identity.

If someone at school makes you feel uncomfortable by:

  • Comments about your body;
  • Staring at you in an offensive way;
  • Inappropriately touching you, or anything along those lines…

That is considered sexual harassment and you should let someone know right away because that is not acceptable behaviour.

If you are expected to go straight home from school and you aren’t going to, a call to your parents can’t hurt. This is to avoid getting in trouble and keeping them from worrying.

When you leave school, take a reliable route to wherever you are going. For example, don’t take a ride from someone you don’t know that well or travel alone when you aren’t too sure of where you’re going.

…And At Home

Although being home alone during the day or at night can be fun, it means you are in charge of your house or apartment for the time being. Translation: taking a few extra precautions is just part of the job. Whether you are babysitting or your parents are gone out for the night, you need to be on guard.

  • If you answer the phone and aren’t familiar with the person on the other end, don’t let them know you are home alone. If someone calls for your parents or siblings say they are busy or they are unable to come to the phone at that time.
  • Don’t reveal personal information about yourself over the phone. If someone calls doing a survey or selling something, just tell them you are unable to answer their questions.
  • Locking the doors and windows prevents people from entering your house without your permission.
  • At night, to make the outside more visible and to make it known that someone is home, leave your front and back lights on.
  • Know whom you can call for assistance if needed. For example your neighbors, friend’s parents or your parents work.
  • If you live in an apartment, don’t buzz people in that you don’t know.
  • If you have to answer the door, check to see who it is first if you have a peephole or can see outside. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t answer the door but if you do answer the door, don’t let them know that you are there by yourself.
  • Don’t let people you don’t know into the house (even if they say they work for the phone company, hydro or something like that). Just let your parents know when they get home and they can deal with it.

On The Job

Besides going to school, you might also want a part-time job. Looking for your first job can be intimidating because “where do you start?” In order to protect yourself, you should be aware of situations that are inappropriate.

When you are looking for a job, be careful about where or who you hear about the job from. Use reliable sources like a student job bank, government resources or your school. This is to avoid being in a circumstance where the potential employer may not be legitimate.

It is a good idea to have your parents involved in your job search. They may be able to assist you and help you to avoid unsafe situations.

If a job that is advertised sounds “too good to be true,” chances are it probably is. Use caution when selecting places you might like to work through advertisements because sometimes ads can be misleading.

Getting a job through a friend or getting a job with a friend is always to your advantage. This is so you know that it is an okay place to work and you are working with someone you trust.

When looking through ads, search for places that you have heard of before and are widely recognized. For example, a chain of stores or businesses that everyone has heard of.

If someone that you don’t know offers you a job, talk to your parents about it. It is not a typical way that people find jobs, with unfamiliar people that just approach you.

If you get an interview for a job and the place to go seems inappropriate or suspicious, then don’t go to it. If you ever doubt the location of an interview, bring a friend or your parents. They can help you in deciding whether the place is safe or not. It also prevents you from being alone in an unknown place.

While at a job interview, it is important to know what questions are okay for employers to ask you. Typical work related questions include:

  • What are your worst and best qualities?
  • What kind of work experience do you have?
  • What are you studying at school?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What hours are you available to work?
  • What can you offer this work environment?
  • How well do you work with others or on your own?
  • And what would you do in certain job related scenarios.

These questions are along the lines of what employers generally ask. What they are looking for is to find out a little bit about you, to know whether you can handle the job, fit into their company and if you are reliable.

If a potential employer ever asks you questions that seem too personal, or that are of sexual nature, that make you feel uncomfortable or are unrelated to the job, you should not continue the interview. You can say something like you “don’t think the job is right for you” and get the person you came with and leave. If you feel the situation was inappropriate or feel upset about it, tell your parents. There is no reason to continue an interview with someone who is not asking you appropriate questions. Would you really want to work for someone like that?

If you plan on babysitting, don’t babysit in a home where you don’t know the parents that well. It is better to babysit for people who are known and trusted by your parents. For example, friends of the family or known neighbors.

Be careful if you are approached to model or are interested in modeling. Although there are many legitimate modeling agencies, some people may use modeling as a means to exploit young people. An example of this includes such things as being asked to take off your clothes. Modeling is not the most reliable or the safest job to pursue. If you do decide that you are interested in modeling, make sure you get your parents’ permission and have them come with you if you do go to modeling agencies. If a place appears unsafe or you if are asked to do something inappropriate, then don’t do it.

Be careful of the type of job environment you get yourself into. If a place feels unsafe or threatening, then don’t work there. For example, if you are the only female working there, or if the location doesn’t appear to be safe to get to or to work at.

If you do work at a part time job, remember that your boss and co-workers shouldn’t make you feel unsafe. If a co-worker makes unacceptable remarks to you about your body or threatens your safety, tell your boss. If it is the boss making you uncomfortable, tell your parents. Just because someone is your boss does not mean that they can make you do anything they want or say anything that they want to you. Use your judgment as to whether your boss or co-workers are crossing the line of what is appropriate or what is not. If you are ever in doubt, ask your parents.

If you are working at a part time job, remember that school comes first. It is not okay for you to miss school for work. Make sure that your boss knows that school comes first.

If you are working evenings, always prearrange a safe way home. Asking your parents for a ride or calling a taxi is much safer then walking home by yourself in the dark.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t keep a job where you don’t feel safe or comfortable because there are always other jobs. It is better to not have a part time job than to work somewhere that threatens your safety.

Safety on the Internet

Although the internet can be a way to chat with friends, do research for school, and lots of other things, it can also be a very dangerous place.

Safety Tips for the Internet:

  • Never give out personal information about yourself or your family (address, location, name, age, school, telephone number).
  • When in chat rooms, social networking websites and even instant messaging, remember that not everyone is who they say they are. Predators can post fake names, information and pictures (someone claiming to be a 14 year old boy could be a 47 year old man).
  • Predators will even post a fake picture to pretend to be someone else. Therefore, do not plan to personally meet anyone you have met on the internet without first checking with your parents, as you could put yourself in grave danger.
  • If someone harasses you online, walk away from the computer, do not respond. Tell your parents and contact your internet service provider.
  • Predators attempt to lure people your age through the use of the internet. This is a danger to your personal safety and precautions should be taken.

Like bullies in your classroom, there are bullies on the internet. Cyber abuses are carried out by cyber-bullies. This is a unique form of abuse that occurs online or through cell phones in the form of hate messages, bashing websites, hacking, posting mean comments, posing as someone else in order to receive personal/private information etc.

For more information on cyber abuse and to report abuse online visit:

 


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