5 Safety Tips to Protect Your Kids From Abduction
Stopping child abductions is something every parent takes interest in. This article has been written to share seven things you can do to help reduce your risk. They're simple things people don't think about sometimes. Child abductions, as malicious as they sound, don't seem to happen as often as other crimes we frequently see on the news, but that doesn't mean they aren't genuine. Kidnappers, for varied reasons, take children out of the safety and protection of their families and homes and use them to get what they want, be it money, attention, or some sick form of satisfaction. Luckily, parents and children alike are not helpless in letting these horrific occurrences happen; there are some things kids should be taught to do when faced with the possibility of a kidnapping and measures parents can take to ensure their children's utmost safety.
Regardless of the media's often sensationalized reporting, child abduction is still a very legitimate and open concern in our house. Unfortunately, the rising awareness of the offenses perpetrated against children has left many families with a real sense of fear. You and your child need to be careful and aware, but you do not need to be afraid. Talk to your child calmly and reassuringly, being careful not to discuss the frightening details of what might happen to a child who does not follow the safety guidelines. There are also very effective child protection devices on the market today that can be easily worn or carried by your child. These devices can allow monitoring by the parent or guardian and sound an alarm when a child has gone further than the desired distance. Here are 5 Safety Tips to Protect Your Kids from Abduction
1. "Strangers mean danger" is something that you must emphasize to your children early on. They should never talk or go with someone they do not know, particularly without the permission or knowledge of a parent or trusted adult. Specifically, they must never let a stranger or anyone suspicious into the house, or get themselves into the home of anybody without a guardian's permission.
2. Before you hire anybody to work in your home or close proximity to your kids, check them out first. Do some research by asking around and getting references? You may even go online and run them through the FBI's website or an individual site for convicted sexual predators in your area.
3. Teach your kids that they don't necessarily have to respond when someone asks them for directions, and they never should if it requires them to accompany a stranger to another location. Adults should ask adults for directions, not children. They must also be aware of kidnappers' various tactics to lure innocent kids.
4. In case children get lost in an area like a shopping mall, teach them never to approach another shopper but to instead go to the nearest cashier or security guard. They must never go out into the parking lot to search for someone. Also, instruct your kids that if they feel like they are being followed, they must go the opposite direction, call the attention of people in the area or approach the nearest security personnel.
5. Likewise, if someone stops in front of them in a car, they must run towards the rear direction of the vehicle, as it is much difficult to back up a car quickly. Moreover, never get in an unknown vehicle, even if they are asked to do so willingly.
Most of these efforts combined will allow you to thoroughly enjoy your child's life with peace of mind and eliminate the concerns over burning off your child to an abduction.
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Clara Monroe is mom of three and an avid cat lover. She lives in southern california with her husband, two sons and one daughter. She loves to spend time with her children and prepare creative but healthy snacks for them.About The Author