'Friendly Faces Fake Us Out' video gives new take on stranger danger

Douglas County Schools Team with Law Enforcement Agencies to create new safety video for elementary school children.

 DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – In an effort to promote safety and educate kids about the dangers of child predators, Douglas County School District (DCSD) has partnered with law enforcement agencies.  The Parker, Lone Tree & Castle Rock Police Departments and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) have joined forces with DCSD to create the “Friendly Faces Fake Us Out” campaign.

The campaign reminds students that you cannot always judge someone by their appearance or how well you know them.  The campaign provides students with tips about who they can trust and what they should do in dangerous situations.  Information has been distributed to more than a dozen Douglas County Schools to date.

DCSO Deputy Jay Martin, a Youth Education and Safety in Schools Officer, helped develop a “Friendly Faces Fake Us Out” lesson for the Youth Education & Safety in Schools (YESS) program. During the class, students are encouraged to talk to their families about four trusted adults that they can call or confide in, if there is an emergency, as well as who some of the adults that they can “kinda trust” during those situations.

In addition to the classroom lesson, DCSD has created a video capturing the lesson that has been posted on the District’s website. DCSD and local law enforcement agencies will continue to promote the campaign to schools, families and the community.

The following safety tips are covered during the half hour presentation.

 Friendly Faces Fake Us Out: Safety Tips

1.    Pay attention to your instincts. If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t.

2.    Use the Buddy System. There is safety in numbers.

3.    It is okay to ignore someone you do not know.

4.    Never get into a car with someone you do not know.

5.    Run in the opposite direction of a suspicious vehicle.

6.    Say “No!” if someone tries to take you with them, makes you feel uncomfortable or hurts you.

7.    Tell a trusted adult.

The video has been posted at: www.dcsdk12.org/friendlyfaces. Schools may also request an assembly-style presentation or a DVD.

“Safety is a top priority at the Douglas County School District. We want to give our students the tools and the skills they need to be safe,” said DCSD Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen.

Sheriff David A. Weaver said “the youth of our community are our most precious resource and we must work together in a collaborative effort to do everything we can to give our children the tools to stay safe.”

Contact: Cinamon Watson, DCSD Community Relations Officer
Phone: 303-387-0033 | cinamon.watson@dcsdk12.org

Ron Hanavan, Douglas County Sheriff’s OfficePub
Phone: 303-814-7089 I  rhanavan@dcsheriff.net

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