Teaching Your Child How They Can Avoid Being Kidnapped
No parent every wants to think about their child being kidnapped, but all parents do want to keep their child safe. As a parent, it is important that your child knows all about the dangers of being kidnapped. Kids are very trusting and extremely vulnerable, so they need to know what steps they can take to prevent an abduction.
Explain to them exactly what a kidnapping is- First, explain to your child the definition of a stranger. Let them know that anyone they don’t know is considered to be a stranger, meaning this could be a man, a woman, a teenager or even a child. Also, explain to them that not every stranger is bad and in fact, most are good.
Tell them how to respond to lure tactics– Strangers often use lure tactics to get a child’s attention. Some of the more common lures include things like “I lost my puppy. Can you help me find him? Or I have some candy, do you want some?” Tell your child that an adult should not need the help of a child under any circumstance.
Teach them how to make as much noise as possible– If someone is trying to lure your child into their vehicle, it is important that your child knows how to make as much noise as they can. This will attract attention to them and scare off the abductor. Teach them how to scream as loud as they can or how to shout words that will attract attention like NO and STOP.
Talk to them about the buddy system- If your child plays with his or her friends in the neighborhood, ensure that if they are going down the street to the park or two blocks away to the local corner store, at least one friend needs to go along as well. Rarely will an abductor try and kidnap two or more kids since it is too much of an effort for them.
It’s a scary reality! But, it is a good thing to be proactive and to have your kids be well informed about stranger danger and how important it is to be aware of their surroundings.