10 Ways to Raise a Street Smart Child
- GIVE YOUR CHILDREN POWER
Give children permission to say "no" to adults. Let kids know this is okay.
- NO SHORTCUTS
Let children know not to take shortcuts home where they could be abducted with no witness.
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Children should memorize their complete name, address, and phone number.
- WHEN LOST
Let children know where to go if lost. If in a store, look for people who work there. If in other places, look for a uniform person, such as a policeman.
- TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Let children know if they feel that they are being followed, to react by going to a safe crowded place.
- CHECK IT OUT
You can never know enough about your child's teachers, baby-sitters and coaches.
- CODE WORD
Have a secret word that all people must know before your child talks to them or gets near their car.
- CHERISH YOUR CHILDREN
Abductors look for loners and sad kids at school and in the playground. Treat your children with respect - love your children totally.
- NO PERSONALIZED CLOTHING
Children who wear personalized clothing give the potential abductors an immediate way to start a conversation. Don't buy or let them wear such clothing.
- GOOD TOUCH/BAD TOUCH
Identify what good touch is vs. bad touch. Tell children what to do if it happens to them. Identify private areas (as where the bathing suit covers).