Conversations about safety and how to help a friend should happen at every age level. Although the specific messaging for elementary students is different than messaging to middle and high school students, the main concept to stress with younger children is how they can help a friend and engage an adult when a dangerous or risky situation arises. We know that when committed, caring adults deliver these messages in their schools and communities, students are more likely to connect with someone they know when they need help.
Please note that some of the information on our website will still refer to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) as Safe2Tell's answering point. However, in the spring of 2019, Safe2Tell Colorado made a change regarding who responds to the 24/7 tips received via our app, our website and the 877-542-7233 number. Tips/reports are now handled by analysts within the Colorado Information Analysys Center (CIAC). As a result of funding from the Colorado State legislature, we now have full-time, specially trained professionals at CIAC dedicated to Safe2Tell tip response. In the past, CSP, in addition to Safe2tell reports, was also busy processing 911 calls and other law enforcement emergencies. It is with deep gratitude that we recognize CSP for their service to Safe2Tell throughout the years, which included responding to over 60,000 reports since our inception. Thank you CSP!
Below are some resources to start the conversation with elementary students about overall safety, bystander engagement and Safe2Tell:
Elementary Student Education Toolkit: