According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there are roughly 460,000 cases of missing children reported every year. Just to be clear, that number is a little scarier than it looks – if a single child runs away multiple times in one year, for example, each incident is logged as a separate entry. Still, an uncomfortable portion of that number includes kids who went missing for far more sinister reasons, some of whom may never be found again.
In order to keep your kids safe, it’s important to have a conversation with them about the potential dangers that they need to watch out for. No need for anything crazy (you don’t want to completely terrify them), just have an honest conversation with them.
For instance, let them know that you would never, ever send a stranger to get them. The video below shows several important safety tips that you should go over with your kids.
The creators of this video, Pretty Loaded, are a personal safety training company founded by Beth Warford, a former nurse who decided to get into personal safety after her own close encounter with a stalker. She realized that most attacks are over in seconds, while help is usually several minutes away.
After seeing that most other defense companies weren’t focused on situational awareness training, she made that the focus of Pretty Loaded, helping clients learn how to quickly recognize the signs of a potentially dangerous situation early enough to avoid getting into it.
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