As most parents know, children must hear the same consistent message over and over again to make sure it becomes part of their everyday processes. Here are some “rules” about firearms that, repeated enough, can help kids at least pause long enough to help them be safe.
Even if you own firearms and teach your children how to use them responsibly, remember that consistent good judgment comes only with maturity and it’s easy and common for youngsters to take chances.
- Never touch a gun.
- Immediately leave any area where you see a gun. DON’T TOUCH THE GUN!
- If you see or find a gun, go find and tell an adult. AGAIN, DON’T TOUCH THE GUN!
- If you can’t find an adult, call 911 and tell the police.
- Even if the gun looks like a toy, don’t touch it. If other children are playing with a gun, leave the area and tell an adult.
- If someone threatens you or talks about bringing a gun to school, speak up. Tell an adult like a parent or teacher.
- Don’t worry about getting another child into trouble. You may just be saving your own life or a friend’s by alerting an adult.
- Once you’ve completed these steps, start again – in the next hour, next day, next week, next month & until your child can recite the points from memory!