Police Warn Parents of Stranger Danger

Do your kids know what to do if a stranger approaches them?

Police urge parents to make sure kids know what to do if they are approached by a stranger.

A Bethlehem boy did exactly the right thing in a case reported Tuesday night on West Broad Street. He said "no" and ran home when a suspicious man tried to lure him into a car.

Police ask:

Are you prepared?  Have you had these difficult talks with your children?  If not, please consider it.  Here are some tips on what to tell them.

Tips for Keeping Kids Aware and Safe

  • Teach your child to always “CHECK FIRST” before s/he goes anywhere with anyone at any time for any reason. This includes going with relatives and people the child knows. They should always check first with the person who is caring for them at that time. If it is impossible to check with the caregiver, then the answer is “NO! You may not go.”
  • Teach your child, when s/he is outside, to always walk with at least one other person.  Groups of more than two are better.
  • When your child is outside the house, do not allow him or her to wear clothing or a backpack or other articles with his/her name visible on it. Children are more likely to trust someone who calls them by name.
  • Teach your child to stay more than an adult arm’s length away from any car that is occupied by a person trying to talk to him/her, so that they cannot be reached by the person inside the car.
  • Teach your child if someone encourages him or her to get into a car, to help find a lost pet, or to leave with them for any reason, s/he should yell “NO” as loudly as possible and run to the closest adult whom they know and trust. Yelling “No,” also called the POWER NO, indicates your child has been prepared for the situation.
  • Teach your child to run in the opposite direction from the one the car is facing. It is harder to drive in reverse than straight ahead.
  • Teach your child their full name, address and if, there is one, the “best” phone number (including area code) to call in case of an emergency. If you make it into a song, younger children may be more likely to remember it. If no phone number is reliable, teach your child to call 911 for help.
  • Teach your older child to pay attention to the color and make of the vehicle and/or its license information (state and number), the physical characteristics of the person(s), and where s/he was when approached. Suggest that this information be written down as soon as it can be done safely.
  • Remind your child to call 911 to report any attempted luring.
  • Make a daily note of the clothing your child is wearing just in case you need to provide that information later.  Keep your child’s ID Kit with a current school picture, or other recent photograph, handy.

Parents are now encouraged to avoid using the term “stranger danger.” It tends to induce fear. In addition, statistics show that it is more often someone the child knows, rather than a stranger, who inflicts harm. Besides, there are many ways an adult can convince a child s/he is not a stranger.

For more tips and helpful safety information, you can visit Safety Kids,Inc.

Paula October 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
We should teach all of our children these tips. We should walk them to their bus stops and or to school , as well as to friends houses. We should be involved to keep our children safe and teach them these safety tips. We also need the schools to remove our children's bus stops from being centered around convicted child sex offenders. These offenders watch your children . You may be with them at the bus stop but what happens the onw day you are stuck in traffic because of the consruction or because of an accident?
Paula October 25, 2012 at 05:01 PM
CONT: I have a close friend who works with these people to try to rehabilitate them. She svery clearly says that placeing children in arms reach of these convicted child sex offenders is an accident waiting to happen. She says it's not if but when. Schools need to remove these children from the areas surrounding these sex offenders as a means to a bus stop. This is dangerous.
Carl W October 26, 2012 at 02:09 AM
As "95%" of all forms of child abuse.....molestation, physical & mental abuse, kidnapping, sexual deviancy, etc,......... comes from relatives, the very people they should be able to trust in the most, and close family friends, let's also teach them to deal with that (like, tell teachers & school officials). Statistics: Center for Missing & Exploited Children, & U. S. Dept. of Justice.


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