Safety Smarts

How to Manage Threats, Protect Yourself, Get Help, and More

From the Series USA TODAY Teen Wise Guides: Lifestyle Choices

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Safety. In a perfect world, everyone would be safe all the time: in the car, at home, at school, and online. Well, we all know the world’s not perfect. Cars sometimes crash, burglars break into houses, kids get bullied at school, and cyberstalkers and sexual predators prowl the Internet. But that’s no reason to hide in your room and worry. You can stay safe if you use some safety smarts.

This book offers nitty-gritty advice on staying safe. You’ll discover:
• how to recognize and avoid dangerous places and people.
• how to stand your ground against bullies and other bad guys.
• how to defend your home, your computer, and your own body from attackers.
• where to turn for help if you’re feeling threatened.
• where to turn for help after an attack.

Supplemented with articles and information from USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, Safety Smarts delivers solid advice and firsthand stories of real teens facing many of the same types of situations you are. Ready to wise up on safety? Read on!

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 7.3
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN024070, YAN024000, YAN051200
Dewey 613.6083'5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 940
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.

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USA TODAY Teen Wise Guides: Lifestyle Choices

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