The most important thing you can do to keep your child safe is to keep the lines of communication open. Ask questions, listen to your children and encourage them to be open with you. Let them know that you will believe them and you will be there if they need your help.
Here are some simple steps parents can take to keep kids safe.
Teach your child safety skills and practice with them. Use "what if" safety scenarios to see if your child knows what to do. Remember to always speak to your child in a calm manner. Keep in mind that you don't have to frighten your child to get the point across; fear can actually work against you.
If a child abduction occurs in your neighborhood or is in the news, and your child asks you about it, speak honestly, but with reassurance. Use the opportunity to review the following safety rules with your child, so that he or she will know what to do if faced with a similar situation.
Things kids should know in order to protect themselves: