Child Safety
Sheriff Fontoura Recommends Child Safety Tips for School and Play
  • Encourage your children to walk and play with friends.
  • Advise your children to avoid places of potential danger such as vacant buildings, alleys, new construction or wooded areas.
  • Ensure that your children take the safest route home from school, shopping and friends’ homes.
  • Teach your children to travel with confidence when walking through your neighborhood and to be alert to their surroundings.
  • Insist that your children do not wear expensive jewelry or clothing to school.
  • Require your children to “check-in” with a parent or trusted neighbor as soon as they arrive home from school.
  • Listen carefully to your children’s fears and feelings about people and places that scare them or make them feel uneasy, and take complaints about bullies seriously.
  • Instruct your children to settle arguments with words, not fists or weapons.
  • Educate your children about the danger of guns and knives.
  • Counsel your children to report weapon-carrying classmates or friends to school officials or law enforcement authorities.