Helpful Ways To Protect Your Child From Abduction

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The past week has brought a lot of trouble and anxiety for parents, not only in our municipality in Bauan but in the whole Southern Tagalog Region. The alarming news about child abductions and kidnapping with reference to four police reports about missing children was really disturbing. As a parent, I couldn’t help but worry about my kids who were at school the whole time and I’m sure a lot of parents are just the same. 

Let me just share to you my thoughts about these current issues that are affecting us today as moms. Apart from my busy day to day schedules, I’ve decided not to open my facebook newsfeed because I never want to bother myself all the more with all the posts that the netizens are spreading on the internet. I’m not saying, I don’t care about the situation, but there are more reliable sources that are worthy of my time and attention. 

Watching the news allowed me to equip myself with more knowledge about the extent of this nightmare that our community is experiencing right now and at the same time it helped me to empower myself to establish ways on how to be prepared when certain problems arise. More than the precautionary measures that we are doing to protect our children, I believe that our most important role today is to educate them.

One of the challenges of being a parent is teaching your kids to be cautious without filling them with fear or anxiety. Although some dangers do exist, at least, we can lessen the chances that our child will be abducted. I made it a point to talk to my kids on the extent of these dragging situations and I made sure they are emotionally, mentally and physically prepared. And as a concerned mom, I'd like to share these preventive and safety measures that we do practice at home, hoping that it will also be helpful for other parents who are worried about their child's safety outside the home.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM ABDUCTION

Whenever the evening news brings the story of a kidnapped child or teen, the terrifying prospect of abduction fills the minds of parents everywhere. But as parents, I guess the first thing that we must do is to:

1 KEEP CALM

Because this skill will make you more effective and will increase your ability to think consciously about how you can get through these hard situations. It’s not easy, but we should at least try to practice to become rational and logical at all times.

2 EDUCATE YOUR CHILD

Think about this, if someone attempts to abduct your child, would your kid know how to protect himself or herself? I firmly believe that a person’s first line of defense is education and knowing what they can do to stay safe is of great impact;

  • Remind them that their personal safety is their responsibility (for kids and adults alike). 
  • Every person (even kids) has the right to defend themselves if they are being attacked. 
  • Teach your kids to be aware of their surroundings. Being aware of what’s going on around them will not only help protect your child, but it's also an important life skill. Looking around and noticing what is happening can help them avoid being mugged or attacked as an adult as well. 
  • Enlighten them that it’s okay to say no to adults – many kids don’t realize this as an option unless they are told. Not all adults are good. Strangers can pretend well and saying NO is always okay. 
  • Always establish presence of mind and alertness all the time. 
3 EQUIP THEM WITH THE BASICS (Self-Defense)

Many people think of self-defense as a karate kick. But self-defense actually means doing everything possible to avoid fighting someone who threatens or attacks you. Self-defense is all about using your smarts — not your fists.

Talk to your kids often about SAFETY. 

Part of self-defense is doing things that can help you stay safe. We can train our child about safety and security outside the home and how to deal with strangers by giving them the basics on how to avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations. Thus, vigilance and precautionary measures are strongly advised. 

Teach them to:
  • Never accept candy or gifts from a strangers. 
  • Be sure your kids know whose cars they may ride in and whose they may not. Tell them that all vehicles must have plate numbers and be suspicious if they saw one that doesn’t have a car plate. 
  • Teach them to move away from any car that pulls up beside them and is driven by a stranger, EVEN IF that person looks lost or confused. 
  • Teach them how to attract attention in times of trouble. Make sure your kids know that it is acceptable and encouraged to make a lot of noise if someone is threatening them or hurting them. Not only should they be using a strong voice, but they also can YELL or SCREAM. The idea is to scare off the stranger by attracting a lot of attention to the situation. This tactic also is important if the child is being attacked by a stranger during an attempted abduction. BEING QUIET IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA. 
  • Never tell a child to fight an attacker. Run away as fast as they can and scream if someone follows them or tries to force them into a car. 
Reduce Risk

One of the most brilliant ideas to do is to identify strategies and tactics on how we can reduce or avoid potential attacks or to reduce the severity of those uncontrollable situations. Vigilance starts from home and our own surroundings and we must keep this in mind as parents.
  • Never leave your kids alone in a car or stroller, even for a minute. Definitely! 
  • Set boundaries about the places your kids go. Supervise them in places like malls, movie theaters, parks, public bathrooms and playgrounds. 
  • Strictly monitor the whereabouts of your children when going to school and even after classes. 
  • Consider providing your child with a pre-programmed cell phone. Give your child a phone (not the expensive one of course) so that he can reach you should the need arise.Allow them to bring it at school provided that the teacher is well-informed about your concerns as a parent. 
  • Be sure your child knows his and your contact information. He should have his full name and address, your full name and the best number to reach you at once. My kids are very well informed about our details and they have memorized my mobile number. 
  • Discuss them what to do if they get lost in a public place or store — most places have emergency procedures for handling lost kids. Remind them that they should NEVER GO TO THE PARKING LOT to look for you. Instruct kids to ask a cashier for help or stand near the registers or front of the building AWAY FROM THE DOORS. 
  • Point out the homes of friends around the neighborhood where your kids can go in case of trouble. Train them with locations and directions. 
  • For bigger kids, remind them to walk or hang out in areas that are open, well lit, and well-traveled. Become familiar with the buildings, parking lots, parks, and other places you walk. Pay particular attention to places where someone could hide — such as stairways and bushes. 
  • Tell them to always walk or travel in a group. 
On the other hand, having a weapon or gadget for self-defense does not necessarily lowers the chance of attack nor improves your personal safety. Let us be reminded that purchasing an item or weapon for personal safety can be successfully used for self-protection when USED PROPERLY and under favorable conditions. 

If you are the kind who can get easily disturbed with your child’s safety when he or she is outside your home and if it’s really necessary for you to take precautionary measures to a higher level, then its okey to provide your child basic self-defense equipment that are applicable to their age. 

Personal self-defense equipments that are mostly child-friendly and applicable for students are:
  • Cellphone Stun Gun 
  • Flashlight Stun Gun 
  • Pepper Sprays 
  • Whistles for younger kids 
  • Personal Trackers 
4 PRAY

I always believe in the power of prayer, that no enemy can stand against you that cannot be defeated by God’s power over evil. 

Prayer is our open line of communication with God. Teach your children to develop an unshakable relationship with God through prayer. Help them build their spiritual foundation early on in life. Be an example to them by turning to the Lord in any circumstances, whether good or bad. Children need God in their lives at all ages. And when they learn to pray and to hand everything over to God you are preparing them for the battle of the world and of the flesh. 

Send your children off with a prayer. As a believer, we have the opportunity to make a difference in our children’s day by sitting down with them before they head to school and pray for them individually. We need to pray for guidance and protection for our children while they are away from us.

Protect them by teaching them the power of prayer!

I hope you learned something from here today. Sharing is caring! Hit the share button and spread awareness to your loved ones. I’d be happy too if you can add more tips about how we can protect our dear children by posting your comments below!

Keep Calm!


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