The Question That Could Save Your Child From Being Kidnapped

According to the FBI, in 2015 there were 460,699 reports for missing children. Similarly, in 2014, the total number of missing children entries into  was 466,949. Unfortunately, there is no reliable way to determine how many total children are actually missing in the U.S., as many children are never reported missing.

How to prevent our kids from being kidnapped
Some children have been kidnapped by people they know, friends, neighbors, family members, but some of them by strangers, that’s why teaching our children children awareness must be a priority and is very simple. The worst thing we can do as parents is to ignore kidnapping is real and it could happen to you!

Start the Conversation

Kids ages 0-5

  • Who are your trusted adults?
  • What can you do when you get lost?
  • By Age 3: What’s your telephone number and address?

Things to Do

  • Create a Safe List; parents, teachers, friends, relatives.
  • Teach your kids to Stay Put and call out, I always tell them to scream as loud as they can! “Help!” “I’m lost”

Start the Conversation

Kids ages  5-7

  • How do you know you can trust a stranger?
  • What do you do if a stranger asks you to go with them?
  • If a stranger offers you something (Candy, free puppies, video games etc..) Would you accept it? Would you go with them?
  • If they knock on the door would you open it?

Things to Do

  • Teach kids Stranger Safety Skills: Do Not Take, Go or Open
  • Explore family rules and guidelines for talking to strangers when adults are not around
  • Begin role playing, act different situations to see how they will react.

How I role played with my 5 year old.

One day at a shopping mall,  I started walking slower than my 5 year old to see what he would do the moment he didn’t see me. I found a corner where he couldn’t see me and I observe his reaction. The moment he didn’t see me, he stopped and waited, when people approach him, he told them he was lost but didn’t move, he gave his phone number to a couple who approached him and told them my name and they called me.

Very Important! Establish internet safety guidelines, visit www.commonsensemedia.org

Start the Conversation

Kids ages  8-12

  • How do you know if someone is unsafe?
  • Who can you immediately go to if something is wrong?
  • If someone made you feel uncomfortable, who would you tell?

Things to Do

  • Create a family code word
  • Continue role plays for more complicated situations
  • Ensure pre-assigned meeting places
  • Teach safety skills in case of an adbuction

Start the Conversation

Kids ages  12-18

What would you do if someone tried to abduct you or a friend?

Things to Do

  • Update the Safe list
  • Continue encouraging abstract thinking through role-play
  • Equip kids with personal defense skills

The worst thing we can do is to think “That would never happen to my child” All children are at risk at some point in their lives, Prevention is key, talk to your children today!

For more information such as tips or what to do in case your child is kidnapped, visit: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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