One of my biggest fears as a parent is child abduction. Some parents may think it would never happen to their children but the truth is that in 2015 The Federal Bureau of Investigates reported that 460,497 children went missing. I am sure those parents never thought it would happen to their children but unfortunately it did. While some were found alive many were not found alive or still have never found.
I bet this mother never thought it would happen to her 13 year old daughter last week. It was an attempted kidnapping at a Dollar General in Citrus County (Florida). All captured on video, if you have not see this video, see it for yourself. Thankfully the mother saw it happening and she fought all while hanging onto her daughter while the abductor dragged her through the store towards the front entrance.
So what do we do as parents? I could not imagine being one of those parents, just the thought alone breaks my heart.
8 Tips How To Avoid Child Abduction
First and foremost educate your children. Yes, it’s the stranger danger talk. You do not talk to strangers. Adults do not need help from children especially I lost my dog line will you help me find it? Children need to always be aware of their surroundings and if something does not seem right than most likely it’s not.
If you are out with your child and you get separated always have a plan on where to meet.
Teach your children while they are young their phone number, their full name, parents full name, etc.
One of my biggest pet peeves that my kids do is walk behind me when we are out shopping. This is something I am always reminding them to walk in front of me or besides me. The saying I have eyes in the back of my head is not true and in a split second children can be taken.
If an abductor grabs your child they need to hold onto something with all their might to something heavy like a tree, etc. This would make is more difficult for the abductor and they may give up. You can also teach your kids the windmill motion. Waving their hands in the air fast makes it hard for an abductor to grab their arms.
Use their voice. Screaming as loud as they can. Things like this is not my dad, this is not my mom! Help I am being kidnapped!
Maybe have children learn karate or other self defense classes. If something does happen they can fight back. Use two fingers and poke them in the eye or kick them in areas that really hurt.
Have you educated your children about child abduction? Better to be safe than not!