Safety Rules

Safety Rules

  • Get permission before going anywhere.
  • Never hitchhike or ride with anyone without permission.
  • Choose friends and those you date close to your age.
  • Remember what you send in a text is forever
  • Stay away from isolated areas and short cuts. Use well-lit main streets.
  • Exit the chatroom or Internet if pornography is present
  • Never give out personal information to strangers over the phone or on the Internet.
  • Sit near the driver on an empty bus or subway.
  • Make certain that the person you are dating understands you choose to avoid sex because the best choice is to wait until marriage.
  • Say “no” to someone who touches you in a way that makes you physically or emotionally uncomfortable.
  • Alcohol harms your health, impairing your judgment and decision-making process.
  • Drugs hurt you, your family, and friends. They harm your body and can lead to death.
  • Never keep a secret that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Use the buddy system.
  • Tell a parent, guardian, or mentor if someone threatens you or your family, or tries to force you to do something you don’t want to do.
  • Your body is special and private. Do not allow someone to touch your private parts.
  • Use good judgment when you are home alone. Do not open the door for anyone or tell tele-phone callers that an adult is not present.
  • Protect your safety and that of others by reporting suspicious activity.

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Best Friends

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Excellence & Ethics is produced by The Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), SUNY Cortland’s School of Edu-cation. Excellence & Ethics features K-12 best practices and themed issues for educators and parents. Download the PDF.