Crimes Against Children
Recent crimes against children, although a rare occurrence, have left many parents frightened and unsure about how best to protect their children. The heightened awareness of crimes against children and of missing children in particular, has left many families feeling uneasy. It is important that parents be aware and alert, but you and your child do not need to be afraid.
The following is a list of prevention tips for parents to practice with their children:
Teach your child to run away from danger, never towards it
Never let your child go anywhere alone
Know where and with whom your child is with at all times
Talk openly to your child about safety
Practice what-if scenarios with your child
Teach your child a stranger is anyone you don't know
Never go anywhere with a stranger
If someone grabs your child teach your child to yell, "This is not my mom / dad"
If confronted by a stranger your child should run to a crowded area
Make sure your child walks to school with friends. Never walk alone
Remind your child you will never have anyone pick them up, unless prior arrangements have been made