Child Safety

 

 

Q. How do you identify a child sex offender?
A. You don’t. It could be anyone – even someone you know and respect.

What You Can Do To Prevent Child Abduction and Exploitation

• Don’t assume that your children are safe on the installation. Know where your children are at all times. Be familiar with their friends and daily activities.
• Be sensitive to changes in your children’s behavior; they are signals to talk to your children.
• Be alert to a people who pay an unusual amount of attention to your children or give them gifts.
• Teach your children to trust their own feelings, and know they have the right to say NO.
• Listen carefully to your children’s fears, and be supportive in all your discussions with them.
• Teach your children that no one should approach them or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. If someone does, they should tell the parents immediately.
• Be careful about babysitters and any other individuals who have custody of your children.

Basic Rules of Safety for Children

As soon as your children can articulate a sentence, they can begin the process of learning how to protect themselves against abduction and exploitation. Children should be taught:
• If in a public place and separated parents, don’t wander around. Go to a checkout counter, the security office, or the lost and found and quickly tell the person in charge that you have lost your parent.
• Do not get into a car or go anywhere with any person unless their parents have said it is okay.
• If someone follows you on foot or in a car to stay away from that person. Children don’t need to go near the car to talk to the people inside.
• People should not be asking children for help. They should be asking older people.
• No one ask children for directions or to look for a “lost puppy;” or tell children their parent is in trouble and that they will take you to them.
• If someone tries to take them somewhere to quickly get away, tell them to yell or scream. “This man is trying to take me away” or “This person is not my father (or mother).”
• Always use the “buddy system” and never go places alone.
• Always ask their parents’ permission to leave the yard or play area or to go into someone’s home.
• Never hitchhike or try to get a ride home with anyone without parental permission.
• No one should ask you to keep a special secret. If he or she does, tell your parents or teacher.
• If someone wants to take your picture, tell him or her NO and tell your parents or teacher.
• No one should touch children in the parts of the body covered by the bathing suit, nor should they touch anyone else in those areas. A person’s body is special and private.
• To be assertive, and they have the right to say NO to someone who tries to take them somewhere, touches them, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.

Child Protection Is the Responsibility of Everyone

Because children cannot look out for themselves, it is our responsibility to look out for them. Every home should establish a program that effectively teaches children about safety and protection measures. And, most important, make your home a place of trust and support that fulfills your child’s needs – so that he or she won’t seek love and support from someone else. Source: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.