Our Children Have A Right To Not Be
What do you tell your child to do
if Grabbed by a Stranger?
If your response was Scream,
It is important that your child understands that if grabbed by
a stranger, they don't just cry and scream. If your child does scream and cry, it
could easily be diffused by the would-be abductor, who simply says in a loud voice,
"When you get home, you're in big trouble". When overheard by other
people, it appears that someone is scolding their child who now appears not to need
help. This allows the stranger to walk off with your child in broad daylight and in
front of witnesses.
Teach your child to scream
as loudly as he/she can; "Help, help, this is not my parent!"
This will alert people in the area to come to your child's assistance.
After years of research, we have found answers
USE A CODE WORD!
Most children who are abducted are taken by
someone they know. Telling your child to stay away from strangers is not
enough. An abductor will simply tell your child, "your parent is hurt; I
will take you to them". When your child hears this, he/she will likely relax
their guard and leave with the person, even though they may hardly recognize them.
To prevent this possibility, the parent needs to give their child a "Code
Word" that only the parents and the child know. If the parent wants someone to
pickup the child, that person is given the Code Word to use. Once you
decide on a Code Word, it is a good idea to change it from time to time. You
need to make certain that what ever word is used, it is easily remembered by you and
Address & Phone Number
Make sure your child can recite
their full address and their phone number, including area code.
Teach Your Child How to
Handle Emergency Situations
In the case of an emergency, teach your child the
911 ABC's. (A)-Pickup the phone and dial 911, (B) Tell the person who answers, where
you are and what is wrong, (C) Don't hang up until the person tells you to.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings.
Teach your child to be aware of his/her
surroundings. Keep their heads up and look around for anything that looks
suspicious. Don't walk near alleys or the back of buildings. Take an alternate
route if the one you're on looks unsafe or could be a hiding place for a predator.
Make sure that your child doesn't walk beside vans or trucks in parking lots. It is
easy for a predator to hide in these type of vehicles and grab a child as they walk
by. Work with your child to try and improve their self-confidence. Predators
rarely target kids who appear self-confident and aware.