Acting Safely in Unsafe Situations
Smart Decisions In Unsafe Places. Advice for worried parents.
What You Need To Know
In an ideal world, some parents never want their children out of their sight. In reality, there will be times when your child is away from you. Teaching them positive lessons about how to act in unsafe situations will help them and you feel more secure.
How You Can Help
- Stay calm. Yes, the prospect of abduction is scary, but it’s important to talk about this calmly to your child. Don’t overwhelm or alarm them with your own fears.
- Match your advice to your child’s age. First graders understand right and wrong. They can take in information and use it. However, in a difficult situation, they may become confused.
- Warn children about specific ruses. “I’ve lost my puppy. Can you help me find him?” Tell them never to accept candy or gifts from anyone they don’t know. And never get into a stranger’s car.
- Media watch. If there are stories on television or online about child abductions, keep an eye on what your child is watching. Look out for any behavioral shifts, especially if they start having nightmares or trouble sleeping. If necessary, seek additional guidance.
- Stay on TASK. First, talk with your child. Then, ask questions to see if they understood. Next, show them how to put into practice what they’ve learned – for example finding the customer service desk if they get lost in a supermarket. Finally, make sure they know about getting help. How to dial 911, who is picking them up from softball, and what’s their own name, address, and phone number.
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