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Back to School Safety

Some students in the Houston area returned to school today. Others will be starting back in the coming weeks. Crimestoppers is usually the people to call when you have information about a crime, but with school starting, they want to make sure parents talk to children about safety. Bill Stamps reports.


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Most parents already know there are all sorts of way for kids to get into trouble. But during the school year, there is a host of other potential problems parents and students have to deal with. Some of the problems have been around for ages, like walking safely to and from school. But others are relatively new, like issues related to computers. Crimestoppers’ Katherine Cabiniss says parents should not allow young students to have a computer in their room.

“The Internet invites people right into your home. Have a conversation with your kids about what is appropriate and what is not on the Internet.”

Crimestoppers is teaming up with Target and area businesses for a back-to-school safety campaign. They plan to put up a number of billboards across town reminding parents to talk to their children about various safety issues. One of them is bullying.

“We recognize that bullying is taking place now on school campuses, physical, verbal, even social networks are being used to bully other students. Talk to your children about how to handle the situation that they may find themselves in. Give them specific directions about what to say to tell a person not to do that to them, or to walk away, or to find that trusted adult immediately.”

Even though the crimestoppers hotline is usually used for giving information about a crime, they say students who are being bullied can also call if they’d like to report it and remain anonymous.

Bill Stamps, KUHF News.

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