Parents are advised to teach their children about personal safety, particularly when traveling to and from school, according to experts. On a research conducted, school-age child abduction attempts were most likely to occur before school (7 a.m. – 9 a.m.), immediately after school (3 p.m. – 4 p.m.), and after dinner (6 p.m. – 7 p.m.).
Every day, 911 receives about 2,100 new reports about children who are missing in the US. If you want to keep this from happening to your child, you must educate to the fullest.
One great way to prevent them going with strangers is to use a code word. Just like this mother, Brenda James, who learned about code words in a magazine and decided to implement for her daughter. The code word involves coming up with a specific code word that only you and your child know (or another person assigned to pick up the child if necessary). When a child is asked to get into a car by someone other than their parent, the child knows not accompany them if they do not have the code word.
This is exactly how Brenda’s daughter, Maddison Raines, avoided a kidnap attempt. Maddison was walking near a park with a friend on a Wednesday afternoon when a car pulled up next to them. The man told Maddison that her brother was involved in a serious accident and that she was required to travel with him immediately, as per the police report.
But Maddison, ever the intelligent young lady, waited for a while. She asked the driver what the code word was even though she was terrified, and he froze for a split second before driving off.
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