Spring is just around the corner and with that if you have children in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or other school type clubs, its either Fund Raising time or close to it. My daughter has brought home 2 such fund raising brochures of late and kept us very busy with sales.
Its great to involve kids in their communities and groups for fund raising but with that comes the added responsibility to protect our children from the sexual predators and other predators out there. Teaching children to help in their communities is a great way to encourage them to care and appreciate what they have.
Here are some great tips to help keep our children safe from the predators that lurk out there and protect them.
Never sell your fund raising product door to door unless you use the buddy system and know who you are selling to. That is to say, do not go to houses if you don’t know the people that live there.
While you are selling to people you do know, don’t go inside unless your parents are with you. No matter how well you think you know people, its better to be safe than sorry. Keeping a policy of not going into someone else’s home without a parent present is the safest policy for our children in this day and age.
Never ever carry large sums of money. Its fine to have a dollar or so for change (i.e. you have someone give you a $5 for a $3 order have the ones on hand). But be careful to not carry more than that. Even if it means you have to make an extra trip by your own home to drop off that $20 that the neighbor gave you.
Always always always use the buddy system or take mom or dad with you. No exceptions. Selling alone is a big no-no. Never ever sell your fund raising items alone. No exceptions ever.
If you are using the buddy system always be sure your parents know the route you are taking and which houses you plan to stop at. Also make sure your parents know when to expect you back. If you tell them you will be back at 3:00 PM and you aren’t back at 5:00 PM then they can start looking for you by 3:05 PM thus possibly saving you from some danger. Don’t make your parents worry needlessly. No sale is worth risking your life or that of your friends.
Some parents will provide their children with a cell phone and keep in touch that way. In this day and age it isn’t a bad idea to keep track of where your children are at this way.
These safety tips should help to protect your children when they are out fund raising.