Sheriff Encourages Summer Safety Tip Review
With area schools officially dismissed for the summer, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage parents to go over the following general safety tips with their children:
- If home alone, never open the door or talk to anyone
- If someone calls, don’t tell them you are home alone
- Do not talk with strangers online or give out personal information such as your address
- Designated a neighbor to call should something go wrong
- Always ask permission before going somewhere, and go with a friend, never alone
- Never accept anything from someone without a parent or guardian’s permission.
- Never be afraid to say “NO” and “GET AWAY” from any person making them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.
- Review what to do in case of a fire or severe weather
“In addition to these basic tips, I strongly encourage parents to closely monitor their children’s online activity and have discussions with them about sexual predators posing online as someone they aren’t, such as another kid with similar interests. These predators may try to convince kids to send information such as their addresses, along with inappropriate photographs and videos,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.
“I also would like to remind residents to sign up for our free Offender Watch Program. By going to our website, www.cherokeecountykssheriff.com, residents can click on the “Locate Registered Offender” tab. They can then enter the address of their home, sitter, parks, swimming pool, library and any other addresses their child frequents. If a publicly registered sex, drug or violent offender lives or moves into an area of up to two miles from that address, our office will send an email notification,” concluded Sheriff Groves.