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Knowing My 8 Rules for Safety and Other Child Safety Resources

To:Superintendents, K- 8 School Principals, Charter School Leaders
From:David P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education
Date:May 20, 2005


As required by Chapter 377 of the Acts of 2000 "An Act Relative to Child Safety," the Department of Education recently mailed to all elementary schools in the Commonwealth several copies of the poster "Knowing My Eight Rules For Safety," published by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Original copies of the poster in English and other languages, as well as the Reprint Policy for NCMEC Publications, can be downloaded at the following online at:

We urge you to download and display the posters in classrooms and other common areas in your schools. Up to 50 copies of the posters can be ordered for free online from NCMEC.

Also enclosed in the mailing was information about the NetSmartz Workshop, an interactive, educational safety resource from NCMEC and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This web-based program uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children and teens how to be safer when using the Internet. NetSmartz is available to the public at and

Additionally, the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund (CTF) has a brochure entitled "10 Ways to Keep Children Safer," available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese that may be helpful to parents of school-aged children.

Thank you in advance for being our partner in continuing to keep children in the Commonwealth safe.

Last Updated: May 20, 2005

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