Key messages for school newsletters, website and social media

 

Feedback from teachers, parents and pupils has shown us that information about the Halloween and Bonfire Night period is more likely to be read by the children if they write about it themselves and their work is included in the school newsletter and on the school website. Below are some key messages that the children could use and adapt.

 

Schools are encouraged to share our crime prevention messages, which are available on our Merseyside Police social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Know the law:

Only certain people are allowed to buy or use fireworks and you can get in trouble if you break the law:

 

  • A person under the age of 16 could be arrested and fined £60 if found with an unlit firework.
  • A person under the age of 16 could also be arrested and fined if they throw or light a firework or make a bonfire.
  • Throwing things like eggs, flour, paint or other objects at people, vehicles or property is a criminal offence. If you are caught or reported to police, you could be arrested and fined.
  • If a young person under the age of 16 commits any of the above offences, the parent/guardian will be liable to pay any fines.

 

Know the risks:

  • Getting into trouble with the police can result in a criminal record, which means you may not be allowed to travel to certain countries on holiday, such as the United States. It may also mean that you may not be allowed to do some jobs or training courses in the future.
  • Throwing things at cars, buses, shops and houses can hurt people – drivers might swerve if they get distracted and cause a crash, or someone might get hurt by broken glass.
  • Messing around with fireworks is dangerous – some burn as hot as 1,200 degrees, which is enough to melt glass!
  • Remember to keep yourself safe too – hanging around on street corners at night can lead to getting caught up in trouble, its far better to go to an event or a party with your family and friends.

 

 

 

Know how it can make others feel:

During this time of year a small number of young people, usually under the age of 16, try to buy fireworks (which is illegal), flour, eggs and other household items to throw at houses, vehicles and even people. Often the kids doing this don’t fully understand the affect this can have on the people targeted, or the risks to themselves.

 

We need help in making sure young people don’t get tempted into doing this kind of thing – they need to think about what it would be like if their friend, parent or family member had something thrown at them, their car or their house.

 

Some ‘tricks’ can cause serious damage to people’s possessions and make people feel worried, stressed or scared. This can affect them for a long time afterwards.

 

Parents & Guardians – Know where your kids are:

  • If your children are going out (particularly on 30th and 31st October), make sure you know where they are going. If possible, drop them off and pick them up from their activity.
  • Don’t let your children hang around the streets with nowhere to go.
  • Ensure your child’s safety by either accompanying them or arranging between friends for one of you to take a group of children out.
  • If you are not accompanying your child, agree with them before they go out what time they should be home.
  • Don’t buy fireworks or eggs and flour for young people – it could contribute to anti-social behaviour in your own community
  • Do not allow your child to take anything that they could use as missiles out of the house.

 

Finally

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween and Bonfire Night. You can find out about all the events going on in your area by visiting your local council websites.