Experts say parents should tell their children to...
- 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 2/04)
- To seek out the first adult they see for help if they feel threatened.
Then 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 missing dog.
- Give your child some sort of training, either with Karate, or some form of self defense. This protection will last a lifetime.
- 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.