Tips for Parents
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[ preventing abductions ]
Although no one wants to think about the abduction of a child, the best prevention is for you and your children to be informed and aware. Below is a list of child safety tips to prevent abductions:
Teach your children their full name, address and telephone number.
Teach your children how to make a long distance call (both directly to you using the area code and by dialing "0" for operator).
Know the routes your child takes to and from school and other activities.
Be involved in your child's activities by volunteering at school, clubs, and sporting events.
Participate in a neighborhood watch program.
Before leaving your child in the care of a day-care, preschool, baby-sitter, or youth organization, check their references and qualifications. Ask if they conduct pre-employment background checks.
Teach your child what to do if approached by anyone. Common approaches are offering a ride, gifts, or candy, asking the child look for a lost pet, or claiming that the child's parent has asked them to bring the child home because of an emergency.
Listen to your child; don't disregard their fears. Instead, let them know you take their fears and concerns seriously.