Special Reports - Tips For Your Children's Well-Being

A parent's guide - abduction avoidance
tips and traps

Learn About Bad Strangers


Who Are The Bad Strangers?
-Bad strangers look like everyone else.
-Anyone can be a bad stranger; a man, a woman, a teenager.
-A bad stranger can be old or young.


How Do Bad Strangers Get Close To Children?
-They work at jobs that include children (Coaches, Teachers, Clergy,
Scout Leaders).
-They hang out at places where children hang out (playgrounds, shopping malls,
arcades).
-Many volunteer as chaperones and other types of supervisors with groups of
children.


How Do Bad Strangers Choose Their Victim’s?
-Some carefully plan while others choose random victims.
-Some are interested in just boys and others prefer girls.
-Some prefer younger children and others prefer teenagers.
-Most of the time, they simply take advantage of an impulsive opportunity.


Learn About Tricks And Traps


Many parents and their children develop a false sense of security because parents have taught their children to stay away from strangers. The facts are that many children harmed by a bad person knew their attacker. The following are several “Tricks And Traps” used by bad people who seek to harm children. Role play with your child and use props whenever possible.


The Pet Trap (Props dog collar & leash, picture of a dog)

Produce a dog collar, leash and picture. Try to get your children to forget about
distancing and come with you to find the lost puppy. Children love animals and bad strangers know it. Children should never go anywhere to see or find any kind of animal unless accompanied by a parent or trusted adult. If someone asks you to help look for a lost pet, run away and tell your parents.


The Assistance Trap (Props-knee brace, crutches, empty cardboard box)
Kids like to be helpful. Bad guys often ask for help with carrying packages, pretending to be disabled. Adults should ask adults for help not ask kids.


The Authority Trick (Prop-Badge)

Show a badge and tell your children that there is an emergency in the area and they must leave with you immediately.


How can we tell who is a real police officer?
- A police officer usually wears a uniform and has a badge.
-A police officer usually has a gun and radio.
-A police officer usually has a marked car.
-You can ask to call 911 to confirm.


The Emergency Trick
Fake an emergency (their house is on fire, a family member has been taken to the hospital, etc.) and tell your children that you have been sent to pick them up. Never go with a stranger. Ask for your family password. Check with a trusted adult for permission.


The Bribery Trick (Prop-$$$)
Give each child $20 to go get ice cream with you. Bribery works as a lure. Children can be bribed with toys, candy, electronic games, etc. Children must always ask parental permission to go anywhere with a stranger.


The Star Struck Trick (Prop-camera)
Kids are fascinated by what they perceive as the glamour of show business and being a celebrity. Kids can be attracted by the promise of a modeling job, a part in a commercial, or being entered in a beauty contest. They are sometimes lured to a hotel room for a private session and told to keep it a secret from parents. Children must always ask parental permission to go anywhere with a stranger.


The Name Recognition Trick (Prop-nametags, marker)

Ask a couple of kids to wear a name tag on their clothing. The bad guy should try to strike up a conversation using the child’s name; perhaps pretending to know the child’s parents.

Home Practice
Parents, here is your “Homework Assignment”. Many parents and their children develop a false sense of security because parents have taught their children to stay away from strangers. The facts are that many children harmed by bad people knew their attacker. The following are several “Tricks And Traps” used by bad people who seek to harm children. Review them with your child after role playing on a regular basis.


The Pet Trap

Children love animals and bad strangers know it. Children should never go anywhere to see or find any kind of animal unless accompanied by a parent or trusted adult. If someone asks you to help look for a lost pet, run away and tell your parents even if it is a neighbor.


The Assistance Trap

Kids like to be helpful. Bad people often ask for help with carrying packages while
pretending to be disabled. Adults should ask adults for help but not kids. It’s OK to ignore the request and tell your parents.

 

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