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Child Safety Tips For Parents

 

How parents can protect children from abduction

  • Establish a routine for picking your children up from school or other events.

  • Teach your child to recognize suspicious behavior and collect descriptions.

  • Get to know your neighbors and the children in the area. Make sure your child's friends know your house is safe and they can seek help from you.

  • Know where your children are at all times and who they are with.

  • Never leave your child alone in a public place, stroller or car.

  • Always accompany younger children to a public restroom.

  • Teach your children not to accept rides and gifts from strangers.

  • Always accompany your child on door-to-door activities, i.e. Halloween, school fundraising campaigns, etc.

  • Agree on a simple code word for emergency situations. A trusted adult who knows the code word can pick up your child if necessary.

  • Make sure your child knows their full name, address and phone number.

  • Teach your child how to reach you (home, office, mobile).

  • Teach your child how to call the police.

  • Have a plan in case your child gets separated from you in public.

  • Teach your child to stay in groups of friends when going anywhere.

  • Tell your children about child abductions in simple and easy to understand terms. Awareness can help them protect themselves.

  • Avoid clothing and toys with your child's name on it. A child may not fear someone who knows his/her name.

  • Promote an environment in which your child feels free to talk to you.

  • Let your child know that you will pick them up at any time, any place.

  • Listen closely when your child talks about friends or acquaintances they spend time with in your absence.

  • Check all potential babysitters and older friends of your child.

  • Urge your child to think escape/survival if he or she were ever abducted.

  • Speak to your local law enforcement agency to find out about neighborhood watch.

  • Check with your local law enforcement to find out if there are sexual offenders in your area.

  • Use a system such as KidSave to organize your child's photo and child ID card with pertinent descriptive data.

  • Keep up-to-date medical/dental history and finger print cards.

  • Teach your child that there is always someone to help them, and they have the right to be safe.

How children can protect themselves

  • Always tell your parents where you are going and who you are with.

  • Never answer the door if alone.

  • Do not invite anyone in the house without the permission of a parent or babysitter.

  • NEVER get into anyone's car without permission.

  • Don't tell anyone on the phone that your parents are not home. Instead tell them that your parents can't come to the phone and take a message.

  • Don't go to restrooms in out-of-the-way places without a trusted adult.

  • Don't take short cuts. Always use well-traveled streets.

  • Never go to playgrounds or movies alone.

  • Go to the nearest cashier if lost or separated from a parent in a store or mall.

  • Do not take candy or other gifts from strangers without asking a parent first.

  • Never hitch-hike.

  • Stay away from isolated areas or abandoned buildings.

  • If you do not know the driver of a car that slows down or stops near you. Run home, to the police department or to a public place where there are people. Do not run and hide.

  • If an adult approaches to ask for directions, step back, tell them you don't know and walk away. Adults should ask other adults for directions.

  • If forced toward a building or car, scream "help," scatter belongings and fight.

  • No one has the right to touch any part of your body that a bathing suit would cover. If someone touches you in a way that feels uncomfortable, tell them in a loud voice that it is your body and they don't have the right to touch you, even if it is a relative or friend. Tell an adult you can trust and keep telling until someone believes you.

  • If you see someone unusual hanging around a schoolyard or a park, tell your parents.

  • Tell a parent about anyone who exposes themselves to you.

  • Don't believe any adult who asks you to keep a secret from your parents.

Stranger Danger: Tricks strangers use to lure children

  • A stranger may quickly approach the victim. This element of surprise does not allow the child to think about what is happening and get away.

  • A stranger may pose as an authority figure (police, fireman, security) and ask the child to leave with them.

  • A stranger may try to bribe the child with money, candy, toys, cute pets, etc.

  • A stranger may tell the child there is a crisis such as a family illness and say a parent told them to pick the child up.

  • A stranger may approach with compliments to appeal to a child's ego.

  • A stranger may approach with false caring, promise or knowing child's name if noted on child's possessions (shirt, lunchbox, toy).

  • A stranger may suggest playing games.

  • A stranger may ask for help, such as directions or to help find a lost pet.

  • A stranger may fake an injury requesting help.

  • Children often idolize adults, allowing false trust. Strangers prey on this false trust.

  • A stranger may try to lure a child by asking the child to do work for the stranger.