Tips to Prevent Abduction
Every year, thousands of children
are reported missing, many of which never return. Don't let your child
become just another statistic. Read on for tips on preventing your kids
from being abducted.
Don't presume that if you don't have a huge bank balance, your child is safe from harm. Kidnappers don't kidnap only for ransom. There are enough sick men around who kidnap children to satisfy their perverted sexual needs. Such people are known as paedophiles, and are usually habitual child abusers, constantly on the lookout for children.
Teach your children that if a stranger comes up to them and asks them for help, it's okay to refuse. Explain that there is no reason why an adult would require help from a child. When refusing help, they should not bother about what strangers think about them, about hurting feelings or about being rude. Teach them to say 'NO!' loud and clear.
They should never accept candy, sweets, chocolates or money from a stranger.
A bad person doesn't have to look like a monster - a kidnapper could be very well dressed and pleasantly turned out. Your child should not judge a person by his looks.
Sometimes even a person your child is familiar with - like a neighbour - could turn out to be a kidnapper or child abuser. So tell your children if a person invites them over - even if it is someone they know - they should REFUSE, no matter how nice the person seems, or how much he insists. Your children should come home and tell you about any such incidents immediately. They should never, ever enter anyone's home without your permission.
If any adult tells your child to 'keep a secret', your child let you know. Explain to your child that secrets are kept between children themselves. No adult - not even a close relative like an uncle - should ever ask a child to keep a secret.
Make it a point to know where your child is at all times. If your child goes to Aryan's house, and from there they decide to go to Sameer's house, he should call and inform you of the change in plan.
If your child is in the building garden, he should not be allowed to step outside the gates without your permission.
If a car pulls up close to your child
when he is walking on the road, he should immediately increase the distance
between himself and the car.
In addition, teach your child to:
Safety on the net
Child abductors are using new ways
of choosing their prey' - which includes the internet. After all, thousands
of children log on everyday, and come in contact with strangers. The internet
offers anonymity to a kidnapper, and after all, is preferable to hanging
around a school yard trying to decide which child to kidnap! Monitor the
sites your child visits.
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