Emergency Lure

By their very nature, emergencies require quick responses. By faking a crisis, predators trick youngsters into going with them willingly. Children may be approached at home or on the street, by someone they know well, slightly or not at all. Here are some examples:

" Your mother was in a car accident and has been taken to the hospital! I was sent to take you to her"

" Your house is on fire! Quick, come with me!"

Explain that emergencies will happen; they are a fact of life. However, a child must never go with anyone unless an emergency has first been verified. Children must also never open the door to anyone when home alone.

Prearrange a specific Family Plan of Action in case of emergencies. Who will contact your child if there really is an emergency? Who can your child call? Where can your child go?

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