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Playing It Safe: New Online Games Help Children Learn about the Buddy System in the Classroom and at Home

Revamped Billy Brings his Buddies Website Offers New Resources and Tools to Help Teach Children Important Personal Safety Strategy

October 28, 2013
For Immediate Release

WINNIPEG, MB: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is letting parents and teachers know that fall is the perfect season to teach children about the buddy system safety strategy. Whether it is walking to and from school or going out trick-or-treating, it’s important for children to always bring a buddy — someone who can supervise them —when going places.

“When children learn and use the buddy system they increase their personal safety and reduce their likelihood of being victimized,” said Noni Classen, Director of Education, and Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “Research shows that children who go places alone are at a greater risk of being harmed, so it’s important for parents and educators to teach kids from an early age about the importance of always bringing a buddy along.”

To help both educators and parents teach this important safety strategy to kids, the Canadian Centre is launching a newly revamped Billy Brings his Buddies website (billybuddy.ca) with four new online games and activities that will help children learn when they need to bring a buddy along.

Sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, the Billy Brings his Buddies program is a part of the Canadian Centre’s Kids in the Know interactive child personal safety program for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9. The website (billybuddy.ca) also includes a free downloadable updated Grade 1 Teacher Kit with a lesson plan and poster for the classroom, as well as take-home activities for parents to complete with their children. The interactive online games and activities that help teachers and parents reinforce the safety strategy as the games can be played by children in the classroom and independently at home. The updated website is easy to navigate and the games are all SMART Board compatible.

“We are proud to partner with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to bring this important safety program to schools and homes across Canada,” said Tom Buckmaster, President,Honeywell Hometown Solutions.

Honeywell Hometown Solutions focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs like Billy Brings his Buddies, to address these needs in the communities it serves.

Recognizing that Halloween provides a perfect opportunity for parents and teachers to introduce young ones to the important buddy system safety strategy, the billybuddy.ca website also has a Billy Brings his Buddies Halloween Game.

“The buddy system is a safety strategy that should play an integral role in children’s everyday lives, and what better time to practice it then on Halloween,” said Noni Classen, Director of Education, Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “We encourage parents to take a few minutes between the select costumes, purchase candy, or paint faces to discuss the buddy system with their children while they can make sure this Halloween is a safe one.”

To learn more about the Billy Brings his Buddies program, visit www.billybuddy.ca.

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