Have you ever been out somewhere, perhaps hanging out at a friend’s house, and all of a sudden you’ve felt really uncomfortable or unsafe? It’s so important to have a ‘Secret Code’ with your parents for moments like these.
Here’s how it works…
Imagine that you’re at a sleepover with a bunch of your friends. All is going well until they start talking about sneaking out of the house and making plans to walk around the neighbourhood after dark to throw eggs at houses. You don’t think this is a good idea at all and begin to feel really uneasy. You know it’s wrong, but you don’t want to seem ‘uncool’ by not going along with their plan. This is when you use your Secret Code.
You might say to your friends, “Wait a minute, I promised that I’d call home to check up on my Auntie Dana!” (*wink, wink* – You don’t really need to check on your Auntie Dana! “Auntie Dana” is actually your Secret Code with your parents!)
So, you call home and say, “Hi Dad! I’m just calling to check how Auntie Dana is doing?” Immediately, your parents know that you are feeling uncomfortable or unsafe and they need to get you outta there. Your parents hang up the phone and come get you as quickly as they can! (Don’t worry about what to tell your friends or your friends’ parents – your parents have got your back and will take care of that for you!)
Cool, hey!?! This activity will give you the chance to brainstorm with your parent to create a Secret Code all of your own…because if we all use “Auntie Dana”, it won’t really be a secret anymore! Haha!