5 WAYS TO KEEP
YOUR CHILD SAFE
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parent's nightmare -- your child is missing. In today's
world, the panic feeling these words bring can shadow
even the sunniest day. The best defense for any parent,
is education and information.
Here are 5 simple ways to help keep your young child
1. Teach your children their personal information.
As soon as your child can talk, start teaching them to
repeat their name, address and telephone number. This
should also be one of the first pieces of information
you work on with writing. Don't forget 911. Even very
young children can learn to dial 911 and tell the
operator who they are and where they are.
2. Talk about "strangers" with your child.
The concept of a stranger is a tough one for young
children to understand and you don't want your child to
be scared of ever going outdoors. Teach your child to
keep a circle of space between themselves and any adult
that approaches them (unless they know the adult well).
Tell them if someone comes up to them and asks them a
question, they should step back, away from that person
and then walk quickly away. Explain that strangers are
just people that they don't know. Tell them that most
people are not bad and that strangers don't look funny,
but all people, children and adults alike, need to be
careful around people they don't know.
3. Teach your child what to do if someone grabs a hold
They should scream, kick bite and yell. Tell them to
create as much noise as possible, so people hear them
and respond. Teach them to yell "You're not my daddy (or
mommy)--Someone help me." rather than just to yell "no"
or "I don't want to go." But explain how important
something like this is, and that they can't do this with
you in the grocery store--not even one time.
4. Role Play.
Children are very easily distracted. It may be helpful
to role play with your child so they can remember what
to do. You pretend to be a stranger. Ask your child if
they would like to go with you to get candy or to see a
new puppy. Teach your child to step back, say "no"
firmly and to walk quickly away. Be very matter of fact
during this game. One of the best ways to "stranger
proof" your child is to build their confidence in
themselves--not to scare them.
5. Have a family password.
Establish a family password that everybody remembers.
This can be something as simple as the name of a family
pet or your child's favorite food. Tell your child to
never get in a car with any person unless that person
knows the password. Role play until your child is
comfortable and understands this. Say, "What would you
say if someone pulls up to where you are playing and
says, 'Quick, get in the car. Your mommy was hurt and
I'll take you to her.'?" You child should answer, "I'd
say, 'What's the password?' If they don't know the
password, I would run away to a safe place and yell NO
Keeping your child safe is important to every parent. By
working with them, guiding them and teaching them to
trust in themselves, you are providing them with tools
they will use throughout their entire lives.
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