From harassment to gas leaks, guide sets pupils and parents straight A Shenzhen middle school has launched the country's first self-help safety textbook, advising students how to behave if they are in an accident, are robbed or sexually harassed. 'When you are touched deliberately on a bus, you should shout loudly: 'Get your hands away!' instead of saying nothing,' the textbook advises. 'When a man exposes his genitals to you, you should behave calmly and as if you have seen nothing. Don't be too scared. Screaming may only excite him more.' Teachers at Baoan Middle School started to write the textbook last year and had finished a five-chapter version by September. From what to do first when you discover a gas leak, to how to protect yourself when a building catches fire, the book addresses everyday safety know-how that could mean the difference between life and death for a child. Nie Xigang, director of the school's education research department, was so pleased with the positive reaction the book received from students and their parents that he is planning a more extensive version. After soliciting the opinions of the police, health authorities and education experts, the new teen survival guide will include chapters on such issues as how to maintain psychological health and how to distinguish lies while using internet chat rooms. Even though the initial 20,000 copy print run will not be released until later in the month, advance orders have already flooded in from schools across the country. The book's authors are hoping it will be introduced to all municipalities as part of the curriculum. 'It is aimed at improving students' ability to handle emergency occasions properly, which is not covered by traditional education yet desperately needed by schoolchildren,' Mr Nie said. Li Cheng, an education expert at Shenzhen University and a member of the Shenzhen 2000-2010 Education Reform Research group, said: 'It is part of the reform of traditional test-oriented education to the quality oriented education. 'But it's not only today's students that need this kind of thing. Parents also need books like this because they never received this sort of education under the traditional system.'