Every kid has a different view of the world, and each one knows different things. There are a few things that it is important that every kid knows. Here is a list of ten of them:
- Every kid should know the Kids Help Phone number. It is helpful to know just in case you ever find yourself in a situation where you need help, or if you are experiencing overloads of anxiety or stress. You will talk to a counsellor who can help you sort through your problems.
The Kids Help Phone number is: 1-800-668-6868. Click here for a link to their website.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: The Kids Help Phone number is: 1-800-668-6868.
- Another thing every kid should know is that when your home alone, you shouldn’t answer the door unless you are specifically instructed to do so by a trusted adult. The reason behind this is, as most kids know, is that it may be an unsafe person who could:
Want to harm you
Want to steal items from your house, or more.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Don’t answer the door when you are home alone.
- “No offence, but you are fat.”
“No offence, but you are ugly.”
“No offence, but your mom is not smart.”
“No offence, but your family is poor.”
Would you be offended by those statements? Does it make it better just to say no offence? If you think that you would have to say no offence in front of a statement, don’t say it at all. It’s good that you are conscious about what you are saying and know what’s mean and what’s not, so that’s a start.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Saying “no offence” doesn’t make hurtful statements OK.”
- Another thing that every kid should know is how to make a peanut butter jelly sandwich. (PBJ for short). PBJ’s are great for quick snacks when you need something to eat. You can take on the go, as an afterschool snack, or whenever you are hungry!
Follow the steps below to make this easy and delicious sandwich.
Take out two pieces of bread. If you would like your sandwich to be toasted, you can put your bread in the toaster with the supervision of an adult.
Grab a jar of peanut butter from the fridge. Take a butter knife out of the cutlery drawer. Begin to spread the peanut butter onto one slice of the bread.
Grab some jam (this is the “jelly” part of the sandwich) and a butter knife. Spread the jelly onto the 2nd slice of bread.
Put the two pieces of bread together to make a sandwich. If you want, you can cut the sandwich in half with the supervision of an adult. And there you have a beautiful peanut butter jelly sandwich.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- Lots of kids walk to different places by themselves. This could mean encountering unsafe situations on your own, and knowing what to do in unsafe circumstances is critical to being places without adults. If you notice someone following you, here are a few things you can do:
Scream. Just scream as loud as you can. They will probably get scared that you will bring attention to them, and they will run away.
BONUS TIP: If you are babysitting a group of small kids and you go for a walk with them, and you notice a strange person following you, tell them, “Let’s play the screaming game! Let’s see who can scream the loudest.”
Scream an inappropriate word. NEVER ever do this unless you are in this situation. Screaming an inappropriate word will get the attention of people nearby, and they will come out of their houses to see what is going on. They will then see the person following you and try to help.
Call 911. This will always help. If your phone is dead or you don’t have a phone, pretend to call 911. This will scare the unsafe person away in fear that the police will catch them.
Get attention from a specific person. This is better than screaming “HEEEEELP” because if they are being called out specifically they are more likely to help you. For example, you could say, “You! In the pink shirt! Help me!”
Look for someone who looks safe and start calling them “Mom” or “Dad”. They will catch on when they see the person following you.
REMEMBER: Talk to your parents about what they think you should do. Don’t use any of these tips unless you and your parents have approved them.
- Lots of kids should know how to stand up for themselves or a friend. This doesn’t necessarily mean completely “ burning” the person, but having a quick comeback in your pocket to use, when needed. This comeback is not supposed to hurt the other kids’ feelings and should be short and easy to say. Some examples are:
“That’s not very kind.”
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: How to stand up for yourself.
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