A Great way to teach your children about their safety is to use the “What If” game. All it takes is you asking your child “What If” Safety Questions…See how they answer (if you have never taught your child about personal safety they will probably give you the wrong answer, but try to keep a poker face, so they will continue to talk to you) If they do not give you the safest and smartest choice you can help guide them to a safer choice.

Sample Questions

The “What if?” Game can be used as an informal way to teach children personal Safety skills. Keep in mind that the game is fun, and should help you to see how your child is processing how to make the safest and smartest choices.

Note: Fear is not an effective teaching tool.

 

1. What if you are at recess at school and you need to use the bathroom. 

a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Buddy System)

 

2. What if you are out with a friend and their parent and you need to use the bathroom.

a. What do you say what do you do? (Hint: Buddy System)

 

3. What if you are playing outside your house with a group of friends and a neighbor invites you into their      house.

a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Check First with your trusted adult)

 

4. What if a neighbor (an adult) asks you to help them (bake chocolate chip cookies, carry some bags
into the house, etc.).

a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Check First with your trusted adult)

 

5. What if you are walking to school with a friend and a car pulls up next to you and asks for directions
to the school.

a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Adults a child does not know should not be asking a child for help. Yell No! Run and Tell)

 

6. What if you are home alone and there is a knock at the door.

a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Plan of Action)

 

7. What if you are at the store with your adult and you want to go see a different section.

a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Check First, Buddy System.)

 

8. What if you are at a store, or big park, like Disney World, and you get separated from your family, (or
on a field trip and get separated).

a. What do you say? What do you do? (Hint: Plan of Action, Personal Information, Accessing Help)