Children need to know how to stay safe and protect themselves from abduction. They need guidance on making safe choices and decisions. Above are some general guidelines and useful tips that parents can share with their children. It is also important to give children examples that they will understand.
First and foremost, explain that strangers should NEVER ask a child for assistance. They should never ask children for directions or for help with something they can do themselves, such as finding a lost puppy or kitten. Discuss the issue of strangers. Simply put, a stranger is someone that a child does not know. Unfortunately, children conjure up the image of a "scary monster" when parents mention the word "stranger." Explain that a stranger may look, act and dress nicely, or even wear a uniform. A child may be in a situation that requires interaction with a stranger, and this may be confusing. As an example, if a child gets lost in a grocery store, the child should immediately go to the checkout counter or security office even though that may mean talking to a stranger. Instruct your child not to wander around looking for you. The child should seek help from someone who works in the store. Role-play in various settings such as a park, a grocery store, your home and your neighborhood. Pose "what if?" scenarios and guide your children through the scenarios safely. Correct any un-safe choices and re-enforce safe choices.