Back to School Reminders to Share with your Children


  • Talk to your children about strangers and the importance of knowing who will be picking them up after school.
  • If your children are walking, try to have them walk with a friend and pick a safe route with high visibility.
  • When picking your children up from school, stop and park in designated areas. Please respect neighbors who live near the campus.
  • Make sure your child’s school has the most updated emergency contact information for you.
  • If your child is walking or biking to and from school, please talk to them about the importance of being aware of what is going on around them.
  • Write down the make, model, and serial numbers to valued property your child takes with them to school (ie. iPod, cell phone, or bicycle). Store this information in a safe place in your home. This information will be useful in recovering your child’s property if stolen or lost.
  • Bicycle Laws:
  • Explain bicycle laws to your children.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Keep in mind that bicyclists must still ride in the same direction with traffic and pedestrians walking on the sidewalk have the right of way.



  • Try to avoid walking or biking anywhere alone.
  • Remember, everyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet if you are riding a bicycle, skateboarding, skating, or riding a scooter.
  • When riding a bicycle, ride in the same direction as traffic in the bicycle lane.
  • Do not talk to strangers.
  • Never take a short cut through an area or neighborhood you are unfamiliar with.
  • Never take a short cut through an area or neighborhood your parents have not told you to take.
  • Don’t ever listen to your iPod too loud-you need to hear what is going on around you.
  • Try not to text and walk and the same time.
  • Texting while walking is dangerous and keeps you from paying attention to your surroundings.

Do this checklist with your kids!

  1. I KNOW my full name, home address and home phone number, and who it is safe to tell them to.
  2. I KNOW what an emergency is & how to dial 9-1-1.
  3. I KNOW that using the “buddy system” is the safest in any situation where I am not at home.
  4. I KNOW which adults I can trust when I need help, and where I can find them (even in public places).
  5. I KNOW that a person should never touch me or ask me to touch them, in the areas a bathing suit covers.
  6. I KNOW to stay away from anyone who offers me money, gifts, candy, or asks me to get into or come close to their vehicle.
  7. I KNOW to scream, yell, kick, scratch and run the other way, if someone tries to grab or follow me.
  8. I KNOW to never tell anyone on the phone that I am home alone, and to never answer the door when I am home alone or if an adult is unavailable.
  9. I KNOW that adults should ask other adults for help, and I should never agree to help them without getting my parent’s permission first.

Provided by Yorba Linda Police Services

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