STEPP

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Success Through Education and Proactive Policing (STEPP) is an educational program for Chesterfield County elementary schools. This program is a collaborative effort of the Chesterfield County Police Department and Chesterfield County Public Schools. The program is taught by non-sworn, uniformed child safety officers in all county public elementary schools. Course topics are based on school grade level.

Kindergarten – Rules

  • Officer Friendly
  • School Bus Safety
  • Seat Belt Safety
  • Respect for Authority

1st Grade – Personal Safety

  • Emergency 911
  • Respect
  • Safety at Home
  • Self-Discipline

2nd Grade – Interacting with others

  • Respect
  • Bully Prevention
  • Stealing Prevention
  • Stranger Awareness

3rd Grade – Handling Conflicts

  • Respect for Authority
  • Decision-Making / Digital Citizenship
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Peer Pressure

 4th GradeResponsibility

  • Respect
  • Responsible Citizenship/Digital Citizenship
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Resistance: Vandalism
  • Crime Resistance: Shoplifting

5th GradeMultiple Topics

  • Respect for Self and Others
  • Digital Citizenship / Decision-Making
  • Peer / Social Influences
  • Drug Awareness
  • Tobacco Awareness
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Responsible Citizen

Stranger awareness

What is a STRANGER?

Someone you don’t know or someone you don’t know well

  • A person whom you have never met before.
  • A person who you may see often but you do not know anything about.

(For example, some neighbors or sales persons where you shop often.)

  • Someone you have met on the internet but do not know in person.
  • Strangers can be good or bad. Most strangers are good people, but you can’t tell!

Table talk: Parents you may want to ask your student:

  •          Can you tell a good stranger from a bad one? (NO, that is why rules are important)
  •          Which neighbors on your block are strangers and which are friends? Why?
  •          Which neighbors could your child go to for help?

Who is NOT a STRANGER?

  • Family that lives at your house.
  • Relatives that you know, that don’t live with you.
  • Who is not a stranger to you and why?

Strangers are EVERYWHERE. Your neighborhood, school, mall, restaurant
MOST STRANGERS ARE JUST NICE PEOPLE YOU HAVE NOT MET YET.
Remember, you are a stranger to other people who don’t know you yet.

Although most strangers are good, some strangers are dangerous.

Here are some safety rules to follow to help keep you safe…

How do you stay safe in a public place?

  • Never talk with a stranger. Adults that don’t know you, should never ask a child for directions or help. They should ask another adult!
  • Never take anything from a stranger. Even if it is candy, your favorite toy or offering to give you a puppy. Always ask your parents.
  • Never go with a stranger. Even if they say, “Your Mom is hurt, come with me.” Your mom would send someone you know like a grandma, dad, sister etc.
  • Never let anyone in your Safety Space. This space is an arm’s length between you and any object or person. Keep this distance away from a stranger. Never let a stranger to get close enough to touch you.
  • If someone tries to put their hands on you, scream as loud as you can and run to your parent or guardian.
  • Hold your personal possessions close to you.
  • Decide with your parents about who is dropping off and who is picking up. Be clear.
  • Never go to public places such as malls, movies, parks, pools etc. alone.
  • If for some reason your ride does not show up, call someone you trust – your parent or a trusted adult friend. If that doesn’t work, you can call 9-1-1.
  • Make sure your parents know who you are playing with online. Let them know if you feel uncomfortable.

QUICK REVIEW

  • NEVER talk to strangers.
  • NEVER take anything from a stranger.
  • NEVER go with a stranger.
  • IF someone puts their hands on you scream for your parent and run to safety.

Standing up to a bully

This page is for parents and students to read through together.

What is bullying?

The definition of bullying is: words or actions that are repeated, to make another person feel bad…examples are: name calling, pushing, shoving, leaving someone out, and more…. What other forms of bulling can you think of?

So what do you do if you are getting picked on or you see someone else being picked on?

Self-respect starts with you. You have the right to protect your feelings, yourself and your property, in a safe way.

Here are some different actions to practice and try out if you feel you are being bullied.

  • Be assertive and ask the bully to STOP. This means you should have your shoulders back, body calm and eyes looking directly at the other person.
  • Ignore and walk away. You do not have to attend every argument you are invited to!
  • Walk away and stay away- a bully can’t bother you if you’re not around.
  • Have a friend walk with you. They can stand up for you.
  • Confront, in a non-threatening way. Ask them why they are doing what they’re doing. Calmly but firmly tell them to stop.
  • Tell them if they stop they can play with you.
  • Tell an adult. Sometime this is necessary to get the other person to stop.

NOW PRACTICE these solutions, with someone or in front of a mirror. We all know that practice can make us better and more comfortable with our actions.

Why do Bullies bully?

There can be many reasons, here are a few:

  • They feel bad about themselves and take it out on someone else.
  • They don’t know how to be a good friend.
  • They feel left out.

Be an UPSTANDER: This means to stand up for the person being bullied. The next time you see someone being bullied, stop and think, “What can you do to help this person?”

  • First, do not put yourself in danger. You may need to get an adult to help.
  • You could walk up next to the person being bullied and ask them to come with you.
  • You could look the bully in the eyes and ask them to stop bulling your friend.
  • What other ideas can you come up with?

Crime Prevention

You and your family can take preventative measures to keep yourselves, your property, and other people from becoming victims of crime. Talk to your child about how to keep their community and home a safe place to live. Here are some tips and guidelines to help:

Do you have a responsibility to protect yourself?

  • YES! The police need your help in preventing crimes.
  • You can help by being observant at your home and when in public.

Is it your fault if you are the victim of a crime?

NO! Crimes are committed by criminals, people who have had a desire to break the law and acted out that desire.

How can I be safe at my home and in my community?

  • Keep your doors locked. Shut windows when away from home.
  • Carry a house key with you; don’t hide one outside.
  • Don’t leave valuable property in the yard or unlocked.
  • When you’re home alone, do not tell anyone your parents aren’t home.
  • Do not bring valuable things to school.
  • Report suspicious activity to police or to a grownup.
  • For emergencies call, 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call (804)748-1251

How can I be safe online?

  • You should always let your parents or trusted adults know when you are online.
  • Remember to share your password with your parents only.
  • Don’t give out any personal information – name, phone #, address, or gender.
  • Always log off the computer once you finish using it.

How can I stay safe when walking?

  • Plan a route in advance and discuss a route with your parents.
  • Let someone know when you are leaving and when you are coming home.
  • Travel with a buddy, always.
  • Stay away from alleys, shrubbery, and dark doorways.
  • Walk confidently with your arms free.

Talk with your child about the importance of always protecting themselves. Whether they are online, at home or walking, we want them to feel confident in their ability to keep themselves safe from crime.

Table Talk Questions:

  • What can we do to protect ourselves? Our property?
  • Do you know how to answer the phone or door when an adult is not home?
  • Do you lock up all your belongings in a safe place?
  • Do you always tell your parents where you are going and when you are returning home?

Do you know how to call for help in an emergency?