Instead of picking out a group of people to whom our kids can turn to when they are in trouble, such as police officers, we need to simply & openly teach children how to know where to turn.
They have to be trained to use their own intuition about people & use it in conjunction with the information that we have provided to them.
Predators can easily gain the trust of a child, instill in them a feeling of security, & often lead them astray by convincing them that they are mature enough to make their own decisions.
That is why we need to teach children, starting from a very early age, the vitally important information to help them take the power away from the predator.
*Children need to be aware that predators can & will approach them in broad daylight, & on the internet, anywhere at anytime.
If we can instill in our children the need to be completely aware of their surroundings on a much higher level than we generally do, then it's a start.
If we let children know at a young age that people older than them cannot always be trusted, that someone may try to talk to them about things like secrets & special friendships & that children need to tell on them, then we are making some progress. If we explain openly & honestly that there is nobody that can be crossed off the list of people to follow the rules about, then we might just get through to them.
Kids are resilient. They are smarter than we think. Giving them the tools to protect themselves at an early age is wise because it will come naturally to them as just another lesson in life.
I want to help you, as parents, educate yourselves & your children about these predators.
Without education, we will fail our children.