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Children should never be
allowed to participate in door-to-door
solicitations without adult supervision,
preferably their parents, and they should never
participate in street solicitations
where they stand in the medians of busy highways
to collect money.
solicitation should only be conducted during
daylight hours, never at night. Children
should only solicit in neighborhoods known to
them and the supervising adults.
should be under direct, line-of-sight,
supervision by the supervising adults.
Children should never enter anyones home
without CHECKING FIRST with, and being
accompanied by, the supervising adults.
Children should never
reveal personal information about themselves to
anyone, including their telephone number. If a
contact telephone number is needed, it should be
that of the organization benefiting from the
Consider other means of
solicitation. For example, instead of going
door-to-door, explore the possibility of having
children solicit at a public place, such as a
grocery store, with adult supervision. This makes
it convenient for shoppers and safer for the
children who are participating.
Parents can become
involved by selling catalogued items to their
friends and coworkers while children handle the
order and fulfillment process.
Children should be
encouraged to work as a team on solicitation
projects, so that individual children work
together instead of competing with one another.
This encourages cooperation and reinforces the
Parents should be
encouraged to participate in their
childrens solicitation activities and
should be fully apprised of all aspects of the
project. Parents should sign a permission slip
before a child is allowed to participate.
Remind your children to
get away from any people or situations that are
threatening and to TELL you or a trusted adult if
anyone or anything makes them frightened,
uncomfortable, or confused.
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