October 21st, 2010
For Immediate Release
The most important thing children can bring with them this Halloween is a Buddy
WINNIPEG, MB: Soon ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be roaming a street near you, and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection would like to remind parents and children this Halloween that two is better than one. More important than finding that perfect costume, teaching children to pair up with a buddy is a very necessary part of the Halloween ritual that goes a long way in helping keep kids safe.
To help parents teach their kids the importance of always having another individual accompany them when they're out trick-or-treating, the Canadian Centre has created the Billy Brings his Buddies Halloween Game. Designed to help teach kids about the buddy system safety habit, the online game lets children first select a costume for Billy and then find an appropriate buddy for him to bring along through a Haunted House Matching Game. (Parents can access the game at billybuddy.ca)
"Children who travel alone are at a greater risk of being harmed. On a night like Halloween, when kids may be walking to unfamiliar areas in the dark, it's important they take steps to reduce their risk of victimization," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "Learning the Buddy System through the interactive online Billy game is a fun way for kids to be taught about this important safety habit and an important step towards increasing their safety this Halloween."
"It's important that kids have both a fun and safe Halloween, and what better way to achieve this goal with today's generation than by using an online game to help teach them about the Buddy System," said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "Honeywell is proud to partner with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection on this very important program that is helping parents across Canada teach their children a valuable personal safety strategy."
The Billy Brings his Buddies Halloween Game is part of the Billy Brings his Buddies program. This program was designed to be used with children at the Grade 1 level and includes a teacher kit with a lesson plan and in-class safety poster, an online storybook and activities, and take-home activities for children to complete with their parents. For the fifth consecutive year, the Canadian Centre - with support from Honeywell - is distributing Billy Brings his Buddies Grade 1 teacher kits free-of-charge to nearly 11,000 Canadian schools this fall.
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Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection