Wherever the evening comes with the sad news of a kidnapped child, the terrifying realities of abduction strikes every parents’ heart. One of the challenges associated with being a parent is teaching your kids to be careful without filling them with unnecessary fear and anxiety.
Danger can lurk everywhere, and anywhere a child may go. Parents overlook the daily dangers associated with keeping your child in isolation. However you may train yourself to be aware of them, and take the appropriate steps to protecting your child at all times. Do not shy away providing your children with the necessary and accurate information on the potential real-time situations which may come their way.
Here are few tips to protecting your child against abduction
– Know the whereabouts of your child at all times. This is particularly useful for the ease of their trace-ability and also for knowing in they are at safe environs.
– At the early age, teach your kid their name, basic address, telephone numbers and the first and last names of their parents or relatives
– Teach them how to call 9-1-1 for help. However, when teaching them about calling 9-1-1, ensure that the call doesn’t go through. Ensure that your child knows how to make local and long distance calls.
– Never leave your child in the vehicle by their own. Establish strict and well-laid procedures of picking up children from school, at their friend’s home and from movies.
– You may establish a family code that only you, your child and a trusted relative or friend know. Teach your kid to ask for the code word whenever they are approached by someone purporting to offer them a ride.
– Remind your children not to fall prey to free rides from someone they do not know. Talk to them about what is involved in the abduction, in a simple and non-threatening manner.
– Carefully listen to your child when they talk about someone who visited them or spoke to them when you were not around.
– Ensure that you have photos of your child, more so, the most recent ones. Have your child fingerprinted and have them stored in a safe and convenient place.
Kids are mostly attracted to simple surfing and instant messaging, and this may be a source of both joy and sorrow. Chatting with strangers may expose the mind of your child to a lot of evils, including bad habits, peer influences among others. Take interest on online sites that your child visits and what they do on those sites.