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McGruff's tips for kids and parents - stranger danger, bullies, etc.

Stranger danger, staying safe on net, bullies, school safety, etc.

For example: A lot of kids stay home alone while their parents are at work or running errands. Sometimes this can be scary, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some things you can do to stay safe when home alone.

* Don't let anyone know you're home alone. If a stranger knocks at your door, don't answer it. If someone calls and asks for your mom, say "She can't come to the phone right now" and ask to take a message. Remember not to brag about staying home alone - you don't want other kids to try to take advantage of your empty house.

* Lock it up. Learn how to lock and unlock all doors and windows. That way no one can get in, but you can get out if you need to.

* Know your numbers. Learn your phone number (and your area code), address (even your zip code), your mom or dad's work and cell phone numbers, and the phone number of an adult who lives nearby and can help you quickly in an emergency.

* Check in with your parents. Ask your parents for permission before you go anywhere, and call to tell them when you get home. If your parents know where you are all the time, they'll know where to look for you if they need to.

* Practice what to do in emergencies. Practice deciding whether to call 911 or "0," a neighbor, or your parents.

* Choose a safe house. With your parents, ask a neighbor if you can go to his or her house if you need help fast.

 * Be alert. If something doesn't look right when you arrive home, like a broken window or open door, don't go inside your house. Go to your safe house and ask for help.