Grades 3-6: Parent Involvement
For any prevention program to be truly effective, schools must enlist the support and cooperation of parents. As is the case whenever a sensitive topic is addressed in the classroom, parents may have questions and concerns.
Child Lures Prevention encourages schools to invite parents to a Think First & Stay Safe School Program orientation prior to any classroom presentations, where parents are given an overview of the program and an opportunity to voice any questions or concerns. (A sample invitation is provided within the program's Presenter's Instruction Guide.)
Parents should also be provided with the name and phone number of the school's guidance counselor(s) and/or program coordinator, in case additional questions exist or arise.
Take-home Resources for Grades 3-6
Students are also more likely to consider a program interesting and helpful if it includes take-home materials that prompt discussions with their parents. The Think First & Stay Safe Student Workbook for Grades 3-6 allows students to apply what they have learned during the program. Once the workbook is completed at school, it can be taken home to serve as a personal safety home reference guide.
Comprehensive Parent Guide for Parents
Distribution of the 20-page Parent Guide is strongly encouraged. Home reinforcement of the Think First & Stay Safe School Program helps ensure that personal safety conversations are happening at home and students retain the invaluable information. The Parent Guide is also a very visible way for schools to demonstrate compliance with federal educational entitlements calling for parental involvement.
Tips for Parents
A helpful one-page handout entitled "Tips for Safeguarding Your Child" is also included in the program's Presenter's Instruction Guide. "Tips for Safeguarding Your Child" is available online or in the Presenter's manual for copying and distribution.
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