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Discussion Topics for Your Family – What if scenarios…

Discussion Topics for Your Family – What if scenarios…

The following topics, if used properly, will open up the lines of communication with your family members, and you will be able to assess how much your kids know, and what you need to teach them. While your asking your children the following questions, be patient and listen to their response.

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. The object of this exercise is for every family member to get on the same page, and to know exactly what to do if any of these situations actually happen.

“What if” Scenarios

  • You are walking to the park and suddenly you feel really sick. What do you do?
  • You are playing with a friend and he suggests going to the mall because your favorite hockey player is there to sign autographs. What do you do?
  • Your soccer coach offers to drive you home after practice. What do you do?
  • Your next door neighbor offers to pay you to mow her lawn. What do you do?
  • “What if Scenarios” At the Shopping Centre
  • You are window shopping in a sports store and when you turn around, you don’t see your mother. What do you do?
  • Someone you have never seen before, approaches you at the mall and asks for your address and phone number because you have won a prize. What do you do?
  • You are in a video game store, someone approaches you and tells you he has a very exciting game in his car and offers to give it to you if you follow him. What do you do?
  • You are at the mall and an elderly person asks for help to choose a gift for his/her grandson. What do you do?

“What if Scenarios” at school

  • You are walking back from school and someone in a car stops and asks you directions. What do you do?
  • It is raining and you are waiting for the school bus. The mother of a student in your class offers to drive you home. What do you do?
  • Your father or mother is late picking you up from school. What do you do?
  • You are walking back from school and a neighbor invites you into his home in order to see his new puppy. What do you do?
  • You think someone is following you in the street. What do you do?

“What if Scenarios” Home alone

  • Your father or mother is in the shower and the phone rings. What do you do?
  • You are at your friend’s house and his sister, who is babysitting you, leaves with her friend and says that she will be back soon. What do you do?
  • You are coming home from school and you forgot your key. What do you do?
  • Your parents will not be home for another 30 minutes. Your house is up for sale and someone that is interested in buying it is at the door. What do you do?
  • You are home alone and you hear a very loud noise as if someone is trying to break in. What do you do?
  • You are home alone and someone dressed as a plumber insists you let him in because he has an urgent repair to make. What do you do?

“What if Scenarios” on the internet

  • You are visiting an amusement park website and there is a form to complete in order to win a family trip. What do you do?
  • You are surfing the Net for a school project and a pop-up window showing inappropriate images appears. What do you do?
  • You are chatting on-line with a family member and she asks for your address in order to send you a birthday card. What do you do?
  • Your best friend asks you if you would accompany her as she wants to meet with a very cool friend she met on the internet. What do you do?

“What if Scenarios” Travelling

  • At the hotel your parents ask you to go fill the ice bucket. Upon returning to your room, you realize that you cannot remember your room number. What do you do?
  • You are at the restaurant with your parents. On the way to the washroom a waiter asks you to follow him because he has a surprise for you. What do you do?
  • While your parents are registering at the hotel someone approaches you and asks for your help to carry his luggage. What do you do?
  • You are swimming in the ocean. When you return to shore you don’t see your parents and realize that you are no longer where you were earlier. What do you do?

Important Facts

  • In the year 2000, 57,979 children in Canada were reported missing, of which 79.1 % were runaways.
  • 23% of all missing children reports happen in December.
  • May 25th is Missing Children’s Day; wear a green ribbon.
  • If your child is missing or you see a missing child call 1-800-387-7962, 24 hours a day or call me at 250-890-0634.

By far, the most informed, helpful agency in Canada is Child Find Canada.

Child Find Canada National Office
212-221 McPhillips Street Winnipeg, MA R2V 3M5
Tel 204-339-5584 Fax 204-339-5587
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