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Safety tips for teenagers

If you are doing a part-time job or out in the evening, try to follow these basic safety rules:


  • Be sure your parents know where you are and how to contact you.


  • Go out accompanied by friends, and return home with them. If you go out alone, arrange transport for your return journey before you leave. Get a lift or a taxi there and back.


  • If you are out and your lift or taxi doesn't turn up, ask to use a telephone to find out why not. Ask to stay until your lift turns up. When phoning, ask for the taxi driver's name over the phone and check this with the driver when he or she arrives.


  • Don't take a lift with someone you have just met.


  • If you are looking for casual jobs, like babysitting, do it through family and friends. Be careful about answering advertisements.


  • If you answer an advert, go with a parent or friend on the first day.


  • If you are babysitting, get a number where you can call the child's parents. If anyone comes to the house, don't let them in. Don't tell telephone callers you are alone; ask them to ring back. It helps to keep a list of emergency numbers in case of problems.


  • On a paper round, never go into a stranger's house or take a lift.


  • Wherever you are, make sure you know how to make an emergency telephone call and what the quickest way out is.

    Message to parents
    If your teenage son or daughter is going out for the evening, check their transport arrangements. If necessary, take them and bring them back. It may be inconvenient, but it will be worth it for your peace of mind and safety.