Children of every age, gender, and race are vulnerable to child abduction. Parents are the best people to teach a child about personal safety.
Parents, be alert: Over 50% of the children kidnapped in non-family abductions were taken from the street, in a vehicle, or from a park or wooded area. Almost 75% of those children kidnapped in family abductions were taken from their own or another’s home or yard. Parents should learn when and where children may be at risk of abduction. They should also teach kids about these situations and what to do if they occur. This helps prepare children to act even if the risk of abduction is from someone they know.
Parents, teach your children to set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do. Take a look at these short videos that reinforces the importance of concepts like the “buddy system” and “It’s OK to say NO.” Remember, you can use this information to set up a safety plan for your kids – and don’t forget to include teens in these conversations! You can:
- Point out places they can go for help when walking places like school and the park.
- Remind them to travel and stay with a group.
- Warn them about accepting rides or changing plans without your permission.
- Teach them the tricks would-be abductors use, such as offering money or asking for help.
- Encourage them to tell a trusted adult whenever anything or anyone makes them uncomfortable.
When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child’s best resource!
Kids, watch this video with Dad or Mom to learn basic personal safety when walking in the street!