Childrens Advocacy Center

Safety Tips for Teenagers

 

Teens

All from Victims of Violence website (http://www.victimsofviolence.on.ca)

 Staying Safe when Going Out:

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

 Staying Safe when Drugs and Alcohol are Involved:

 Party Tips:

 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: 

 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.

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

 WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE DATE RAPE DRUG:

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

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:

 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.

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:

Like bullies in you 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.

To receive more information on cyber abuse and to report abuse online visit:

www.stopcyberbullying.org
www.netbullies.com
www.wiredsafety.org