There has never been a time, at least in recent memory, when our children were more vulnerable to the threat of strangers. Whether online or in rural areas and big cities, we are facing a pandemic of kidnappings; online pedophiles, and what appears to be an attack on our children. It is vital, then, that you talk to your kids about strangers. Here are some tips to include in your talk.
After a child abduction, a positive parental response in the first 24 hours is essential. After the first 24 hours, the chances of a stolen child being returned are ever diminishing. During the first minutes and hours following an abduction, the parents, more than anyone else, are the most important factor in maximizing the chances of their child being returned quickly and safely. The horrible emotional experience can easily become a hindrance to rescue efforts if panic takes over.
Parents want to do everything possible to protect their children from harm. Today, that often includes – some would say is first and foremost – teaching them to be wary of others. Parents will often instill a (healthy, they would argue) fear of others, along with providing practical tips on staying safe.