You Should Create A Safe Word With Each Of Your Children

November 13, 2018

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According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File, there are 88,089 active missing person records, of which juveniles under the age of 18 account for 32,121 (36.5%) of the records (CNN). Just this week a 10-year old Arizona girl was very close to becoming one of those children.  According to the sheriff report, the girl was walking at a park with a friend Wednesday when a man driving a white SUV pulled up next to them. A 40-ish year old white man with a short beard told the girl that her brothers were in a bad accident and that she needed to go with him. An all too believable story, especially for a 10-year old.  But the girl asked the man for the code word her mother had told her to use so that a stranger could be trusted.  Not knowing the word, the man quickly drove off and the girl alerted her mother who advised police. The incident is has made national headlines as authorities are encouraging parents to have that conversation and create a plan with their children so they know what to do if they are in a similar situation. Experts say as soon as you can communicate, you should teach them a family safe word. In the case of multiple children, try to create a separate word for each child that is easy for them to remember but not too easy for others who know your kids to guess. Beyond being abducted, a safe word can also be used to alert parents of child abuse as 1 in 4 girls and 1 on 7 boys will be the victim of a form of abuse before their 18th birthday.  Teaching your kids a word of phrase as not a secret, but a special code for only you and you kids so they feel safe in alerting you of threatening situations. If the safe word or phrase is used or someone else learns of it, change it and encourage your kids. Also let know that if someone is trying to get you to tell them your safe word, they are a tricky person and not to be trusted and the parents should be told immediately.

SOURCE: Thr Pragmatic Parent

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