As a mother of 6, I am always worried about my children going missing or being abducted. To help alleviate that fear, I try to stay proactive with my children. Today, I will pass on several tips for keeping children as safe as possible from abductions and/or becoming a missing person.
Teach Stranger Danger Early
Preschool age is when I start teaching my children about Stranger Danger. I teach them not to take anything from a stranger. I explain what could happen if they do take something from a stranger. It seems early, but I also started teaching screaming for help if a stranger tries to grab you.
Teach self-defense at an early Age
My personal goal is to have my children taught to defend themselves from abduction attempts by the time they enter into Kindergarten. Again, this may sound like it is a young age; but the abductors don’t think so! At this age, I don’t know if it is necessary to enroll them in karate or martial arts; however, I do feel they should know how to step on toes, bite, and scratch, kick in the private parts, pull hair, and scream if someone they can’t trust tries to take them.
Don’t Give Directions
Call me rude if you want to, but I teach my children to never give strangers directions to any. I advise them to get or stay on the grass or sidewalk, keep walking, and say I don’t know. If I person were to persist asking questions, they are to go to the nearest public place and go inside for help.
Have a Secret Password
The scariest cases of abduction are when acquaintances or extended family are involved in the kidnapping process. This is why I feel that having a secret family password is so very important. The password is a word that your child will need to hear from anyone that doesn’t normally pick them up. This way if an old friend stops and tries to say Mom or Dad said to pick them up, they know to ask for the password. If the password does not match on the first attempt, they run away and find the nearest public place and ask for help. This password is then kept secret with just mom, dad, and kids knowing the word. If a situation arises when you need someone to pick up the kids that normally doesn’t pick them up, you can give them the password so the children will know that Mom and Dad know who picked them up. Once an emergency happens and you use the password though, it is time to change the password. That is critical because you don’t want someone outside the family to have that password.