This month’s failed abduction of a 10-year-old girl on the streets of Philadelphia has parents across the country asking what more they can do to keep their children safe. Captured on video, the attempted abduction highlights the importance of children knowing what to do in a similar situation.
In the Philadelphia case, the girl and her 2-year-old brother knew exactly what to do — fight and scream like there was no tomorrow.
And millions of parents are now wondering if their own children would know to do the same.
According to experts, the goal is to teach children basic safety skills without instilling unnecessary fears.
“The last thing you want is for your child to live in constant fear, and be untrusting of most everyone,” explains Julia Cook, author of Smarter Than the Scoopers, a book written for children to provide them with the skills and confidence needed to make right choices in their daily social interactions.
Child Watch of North America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused and exploited children, offers these important tips for children and their parents:
Safety Tips for Children:
The goal is to make them smart. And keep them safe.