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According to statistics from the National Crime Information Center, 85% to 90% of the 876,213 persons reported missing to America’s law enforcement agencies in 2000 were juveniles. A large percent of child abductions are committed by relatives or someone who knows the child. However, it is important to talk about safety with your child to teach them to be aware of strangers and what they can do to help prevent being abducted. The largest percentage of child abductions by strangers is of teenage girls, between the ages of 12 and 19. It is never too early to start talking to your children about abductions.

As soon as your child is old enough to talk, you should begin teaching basic facts that will protect him or her against an abductor. By the age of three your child should know; when it is appropriate to yell “Help!”, their phone number, the color of their house and where their house is located. Teaching your toddler these facts will help protect your child in a dangerous situation by making him or her smarter and not helpless. By the time your child is five, he or she can learn how to resist an abductor. Below is a list of tips to teach your child in the event that someone tries to kidnap him or her:

Draw attention to yourself in any way possible: Scream, kick and physically resist. Yell “Help!” Yell “This is not my father or mother!” It is vital to your child’s well-being that he or she resist an abductor by putting up a struggle. Any reasonable person who sees a child screaming, kicking, and yelling will offer help. So, informing your child to make a scene could save your child’s life.

You can also talk to your child about ways to prevent an abduction from happening. Some important rules for your child’s safety are:

Other helpful tips to help keep your child safe include:

Predators are more likely to seek out children who look vulnerable. You don’t want your children to be easy prey for an abductor, so empower them with confidence. Tell them to hold their heads up high, act like they know where they are going and what they’re doing. Doing this could make a predator pass by your children.

It is recommended that parents should choose teachable moments to discuss safety skills. For instance, if a kidnapping occurs in your community, you should use this opportunity to talk to your child candidly, but with reassurance. Encourage their asking you questions. Teaching your child should not end after just one conversation. Make these issues part of your daily routine. Role-play and rehearse potential situations that might occur.