Nearly 11,000 Grade One Teacher Kits distributed to Canadian schools;
New website and online Halloween game launched
October 27, 2009
Winnipeg, MB: Halloween is a time of great excitement for children, but sometimes in the midst of that excitement, important safety strategies can be forgotten. To help protect children from victimization this Halloween, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, in partnership with Honeywell, has unveiled the Billy Brings his Buddies Halloween Game, an exciting interactive online game for children.
"While Halloween night is fun and exciting, it is important that children are aware of the risks and familiar with strategies to keep them safe," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "It's important that parents talk to their kids about safe practices to reduce their chance of being harmed."
Aimed at first grade students, the new Halloween game teaches children the importance of always having a trusted adult with them when out trick-or-treating. The launch of the new online Halloween game coincides with the unveiling of the new Billy Brings his Buddies website, www.billybuddy.ca.
The website provides parents and educators with information on the Billy program and the Buddy System; access to games and downloadable activities to reinforce the Buddy System; as well as information on other age-appropriate child personal safety strategies, activities and storybooks.
"Keeping our children safe is vital", states Brian Stoddart, Director of Human Resources, Honeywell Canada. "We are proud to partner with the Canadian Centre to provide parents and educators with the right tools to educate children on safety strategies for Halloween and throughout the year."
In addition, for the fourth consecutive year the Canadian Centre and Honeywell are distributing nearly 12,300 Billy Brings His Buddies Grade One Teacher Kits to schools across Canada free of charge this month. The kit, designed to help educators teach their students about the Buddy System, includes new activities for use in the classroom, as well as a couple of new at-home activities to send home for parents to complete with their children.
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