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HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR BUDDIES

August 31, 2011
For immediate release

Parents and educators urged to remind their children to use the buddy system

WINNIPEG, MB - As parents prepare to send their kids back to school, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is reminding them to talk to their kids about personal safety strategies such as the buddy system before sending them off to class this September. Whether a child is walking to and from school, heading to the park after school to play with friends or participating in extra-curricular activities, children should always be with a buddy.

"Children who go places alone are at a greater risk of being harmed. Teaching them to incorporate personal safety strategies into their daily lives reduces their risk of victimization," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "Learning about the buddy system through our interactive Billy Brings his Buddies program is a fun way for kids to be taught about this important safety habit and an important step towards increasing their personal safety."

Sponsored by Honeywell Canada, the Billy Brings his Buddies program includes a lesson plan for Grade One teachers, a website (billybuddy.ca) with interactive online games and a storybook, as well as downloadable activities that parents can complete with their child. The site also provides valuable information for parents and educators on other age-appropriate child personal safety strategies, resources and activities.

"Child safety is always top of mind for families everywhere," said Tom Buckmaster, President of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "Programs like Billy Brings his Buddies provide teachers with lessons and activities to teach children personal safety tips in a fun relatable way that makes it exciting to learn. We are proud to be partnering with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection on such an important child safety program and its great strides in keeping Canada's kids safe."

Educators are also encouraged to make the buddy system one of the personal safety lessons taught to students this school year. To assist, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection will again be providing nearly 11,000 Billy Brings his Buddies Grade One Teacher Kits to schools across Canada this fall. Thanks to support from Honeywell, this will be the sixth consecutive year the Canadian Centre has distributed the kits to schools nationwide.

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