Kids and young people

Keeping kids safe

Encourage your children to think about their safety.

It is the responsibility of adults to keep children safe, this includes helping them develop personal safety skills. It is not about scaring or frightening children but increasing communication and learning new skills.

Child Safety Postcards

The Child Safety Postcards are available in two designs, one for colouring in and the other for writing on:

Both cards contain the following important safety message:

  • Never tell a stranger your name or where you live, unless they are the police.
  • If walking with a sibling, stay together. Don’t leave younger ones alone. Remember to ensure they are safely at their destination before proceeding to yours.
  • Maintain a confident appearance (even if you don’t feel it). Head up, shoulders back and confident strides.
  • If you do not feel comfortable opening the door to someone ask them to come back later or ask them to leave information in the letterbox.
  • Try not to let a stranger know if you are home alone.

You can download a copy of our Child Safety Postcards below:

Travelling to school safety

Walking to and from school is a great opportunity for children to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. To ensure your children have a safe and enjoyable journey, make sure you give them a few simple personal safety strategies that they can use.

For more information, download Travelling to School Safety Fact Sheet (PDF 125 KB).

Daniel Morecombe Foundation

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation provides personal child safety education to children and young people to prevent abuse and promote lifelong health and wellbeing.

The Foundation offers support to educators, parents and carers by providing resources, education and direct support to young victims of crime.

For more information, please visit the Daniel Morecombe Foundation website.

Mobile Device Safety – Phone Down #Eyes Up

While mobile devices, like smart phones, iPads, iPods, laptops and Game Boys, are a great way to pass the time when waiting for your friends or the next train, they can also be a dangerous distraction.

Wherever you are, when out in public, it’s important to keep your eyes up and be aware of your surroundings, particularly when you are out walking or using public transport.

Be smart with your device and always keep your personal safety in mind.

For more information, please download Mobile device safety fact sheet (PDF 121 KB).

Talking about alcohol and drugs

Discussing alcohol and drugs with family members and friends is an opportunity to learn more about different types of drugs and their individual and social impact. It’s also an opportunity to talk through potential risks of drug use, ways to minimise harm from drugs and to establish attitudes and boundaries about drug use.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s mission is to inspire positive change and deliver evidence-based approaches to minimise alcohol and drug harm. Central to this is ensuring Australians in communities across the country have timely access to relevant, accurate and evidence-based information to help them to:

  • make informed decisions about drug use
  • understand the consequences of drug use
  • participate in drug prevention efforts.

The Other Talk - A colourful booklet for parents providing tips on starting a discussion about alcohol and other drugs with children is available on the Australian Drug Foundation website.

For more information, please visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website