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StormProof Your Child from Predators

Today’s headlines are filled with tragic stories of children being abused by unhealthy adults. Take these ten essential steps to protect your children from predators.

  1. GIVE YOUR CHILDREN POWER
    Give your children permission to say “no” to adults in situations where they feel uncomfortable or get are approached by a stranger. Let them know this is okay.
  1. NO SHORTCUTS
    Let your child know how to avoid shortcuts that take them through areas where they could be attacked or abducted with no witness.
  1. RETAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Help your child memorize their complete name, address, and phone number.
  1. WHEN LOST
    Let children know where to go if they get lost. If in a store, tell them to look for people who work there. If in other places, tell them to look for a person in uniform, such as a policeman, or for a woman with children.
  1. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
    Let children know that if they feel they are being followed, then react by going to a safe, crowded place.
  1. CHECK IT OUT
    Take time to check out your child’s teachers, baby-sitters, and coaches.
  1. CODE WORD
    Have a secret word that an adult must say before your child talks to them or gets near their car.
  1. CHERISH YOUR CHILDREN
    Predators look for loners or sad kids at schools and playgrounds. Let your children know that you love and cherish them. Hug them daily.
  1. NO PERSONALIZED CLOTHING
    Children who wear personalized clothing give potential abductors an immediate way to start a conversation. Avoid using such clothing with your kids.
  1. GOOD TOUCH / BAD TOUCH
    Tell your child the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. Explain what to do if inappropriate touching occurs. Identify private areas as “where your bathing suit covers.”

 

For more information, check out Mike Storms
video resource for parents “Safer Smarter Kids.”

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