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How to keep children safer

Jennifer Kline, advocate, South Lake Tahoe Women's Center

The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center cares about this community and making it a safe place to live. As you may know there are certain individuals who live in our community that we feel would be dangerous to our children. It’s our job as parents, teachers and community members to keep our children safe. Here are a few safety tips and ideas about how to keep you and your children safe.

For yourself:

First and foremost, trust your instincts. If you feel something isn’t right or you don’t feel safe, do something about it — get away and call 911 for safety.

Never open your door to a stranger. If someone needs to make an emergency telephone call, make the call for the stranger and keep the person outside.

If you approach your home and find a door or window open or broken, don’t go in. An intruder could still be in your home. Call 911 for help.

While walking to your car, home or work, keep your keys out and ready before you reach the location. You are in a more vulnerable position if you are fumbling for your keys with your head down.

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If you think someone is following you, don’t be embarrassed to turn about and check. Then do whatever you fell you need to do –run, scream cross the street, get to an area with lights and people around.

Listen and tall with your children:

Talk with your children every day and take time to listen and observe. Encourage them to share their concerns.

Explain to your children that the have right to say no to anyone who might try to touch them in a way that makes them uncomfortable.

Tell your children that some adults may try to hurt them or make them do things they do not feel comfortable doing. Often these adults tell children to keep what they are doing a secret.

If you have further questions or concerns call the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center at (530) 544-2118. You also can call our 24-hour crisis line at (530) 544-4444 or visit us at our business center, 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center building is financed by a low-cost loan through the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. We would be happy to answer questions and talk about your feelings.

The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is dedicated to improving the emotional, social and economic conditions of women and families in the community through programs and services that address domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and basic needs. I know that living in Tahoe feels like safe place but remember, there are dangers in every community. Together, we can help keep the community as safe as it feels.

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