We, as parents, teachers, and
grandparents want to do everything we can to protect our children. No one wants
one of their children to become a statistic! No one wants to have their child
listed as a "MISSING CHILD". SO! What is the one thing parents always
tell their kids????
"Don't talk to
But, does your child actually know
who a stranger is? They most likely will answer~ someone who they don't
know. But, it sometimes isn't a stranger who will lure your child.
It could be someone he/she already knows.
So, how do we talk about all that
scary stuff to our children? I have done my homework and provided you with
many links to assist you.
If you have any questions or
comments, please e mail me.
Experts say parents should tell their
Never talk to strangers. It's a simple,
but effective strategy.
Always be suspicious - not to assume
everyone is trustworthy.
Never leave with anyone other than their
parent or someone that the parent has approved.
To scream as loud as possible if they
feel threatened: "You're not my mommy!" "You're not my
daddy!" To cry, "HELP" sometimes is seen as a child who
might be disobeying one of their parents. (I heard this one on Fox News
To seek out the first adult they see for
help if they feel threatened.
Experts say parents should...
Be specific when going over possible
dangerous scenarios with children - In the incident in California, the
abductor allegedly lured Samantha Runnion by saying he was looking for a
Give your child some sort of training, either
with Karate, or some form of self defense. This protection will last a
When going to bed make sure the doors and
windows are locked.
Monitor the computer. You never know who
your child may be talking to.
When walking any place, make sure your child is
always with a friend.
Always remember that child abductions
don't just happen somewhere else!
1. You are outside playing. Someone you do
not know calls you over to their car. The person is lost and wants
directions. What do you do?
2. You are walking home. Someone you do
not know drives up and tells you that your mom wants you to ride home
with them. What do you do?
3. You are outside with your friends. A
stranger offers you your favorite kind of candy. What do you do?
4. Your parents are not home. The doorbell
rings. When you look outside, you see a stranger at the door. What do
5. You are shopping with your mom at the
mall. You get lost and cannot find her. What do you do?
6. You are riding your bicycle from
school. You have a flat tire on your bike. A stranger stops and offers
to take you and your bike home. What do you do?
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These books can be found in your
local Library or go to Amazon and do a search. If you come across a
great book, please pass it along to me and I will add it to my list.
Books for adults to
use to guide discussions with children:
Bahr, Amy C. (j362.7044 B148I)
Bahr's book is for parents and children to read together to
promote body safety. Dangerous situations in which a child should
say "no" are discussed in a straightforward, non-threatening way.
It's OK to Say No
Buschman, Janis (j362.7044 B961s)
Designed to make preschoolers aware of the dangers of child
abduction, this book takes everyday situations and presents them in
story form. Included are discussion questions and guidelines for
both parents and young children.
Strangers Don't Look Like the Big Bad
Hubbard, Kate (j362.7044 H861h)
This safety education guide leads children through awareness and
prevention concepts dealing with molestation and abduction. The
story is a starting point for ongoing discussion about personal
Help Yourself to Safety
Meyer, Linda (j362.7 M575s)
Subtitled "A Book Teaching Child Abduction Prevention Skills"
there are pages here for parent and child to read together and
discuss. Role playing suggestions that reinforce the skills are
given as well as ways for creating a safer environment in a
Newman, Susan (j362.7044 N468n)
Various potentially dangerous situations involving seemingly
nice strangers are presented in a format meant for adults to read
aloud and discuss with children. The chapters are arranged so that
those for younger children come first, the later chapters involve
situations and responses suitable for older children. (Available in
Never Say "Yes" to a Stranger
Saunders, Pete (j362.7044 Sa56f)
Besides discussing unkind people and bullies, this book tells
how to deal with advances made by strangers and talks to children
about ways of looking after themselves and making sure they feel
Vogel, Carole (j362.704 V862d)
It is a sad fact that children need to be told that not all
people are nice and that some even want to hurt children. Forceful
language and sometimes frightening illustrations combine to warn
children to be wary of strangers
The Dangers of Strangers
For older children:
Girard, Linda (j362.7044 G441w)
Telephone and doorbell safety rules are given, but the
Never, Never Rule is emphasized: "Never, never take a walk
or a ride with a stranger." Children are encouraged to
discuss with parents and teachers what to do if a stranger
Who Is a Stranger and What
Should I Do?
Hyde, Margaret (j362.74 H994m)
Writing for preteens and teens, Hyde talks about
runaways, parental abductions and abductions by strangers.
She gives suggestions for ways that young adults can help
stem these severe problems that she says have reached
Kyte, Kathy S. (j362.88 K999p)
This book will help children and teens take charge of
their safety at home and away from home: on the streets, on
public transportation and at schools, parks and other public
places. It includes expert advice from police and from
criminals, and gives sample situations to test safety
Play It Safe: The Kids' Guide to
Personal Safety and Crime Prevention
Arenberg, Gerald (362.7044 Ar33p)
Taking a preventative approach to the problem of missing
children, this book seeks to educate parents and motivate
them to action. It is endorsed by the National Association
of Chiefs of Police and was written by that group's
Preventing Missing Children: A
Parental Guide to Child Security
Hechinger, Grace (362.88 H354h)
Good information is given on children as crime victims,
telling parents how to raise children to be aware of the
crime and danger around them without making them unduly
fearful or paranoid. (Available in video.)
How to Raise a Street-Smart
Schaefer, Michael (362.88 Sch13c)
Schaefer is the Director of the K-I.D. Fingerprint
Identification Program. Here he answers many questions and
concerns about fingerprinting, and he stresses safety
awareness. He also suggests some preventative measures a
working single parent can take to protect the child who is