Teaching a Child to Avoid Abduction
I was truly distressed when I saw the Florida child being calmly led away by her eventual killer. I thought I would look around and compile some 'tips' that experts say can prevent kidnapping. Children as young as 3 can be taught some of these things. I listed the source links at the bottom if you want to click on them for the complete articles. If anyone else knows of a good article or site to prevent child abduction, please provide the links :)
No matter what the abductor threatens, he is rarely interesting in hurting the child at the time of kidnapping. That comes later when he has isolated the child. Time works against the abductor. The longer the child can prolong the scene, the more likely the abductor will leave them alone.
Prevent being taken
-Teach that an adult NEVER needs a child’s help. Go over scenarios where an adult might ask a child for help finding a puppy, another child, getting directions, etc. Teach child to say, “Let me find an adult to help you.”
-Run in the Opposite Direction of the kidnapper. If you can run, always run.
- If you are grabbed from behind by the jacket or backpack, wiggle out of the article and run.
- If you are being taken from a store, grab merchandise and throw it on the floor. Make noise. Create a commotion.
-Throw yourself on the ground. Kick, scream. Be specific. “He’s kidnapping me!”
- Velcro technique: Children cannot only yell out for help, they can grab hold of an adult for help. It causes the adult to become involved in their situration.
- Windmill technique. If somebody is bigger and stronger than the child, the child rotates his or her arm forward in a big circle, preventing the would-be attacker from grabbing hold..
-Wrap their body around anything. Their bicycle, a light post, a parking meter.
Once in a Kidnappers Car
-Shove something in the ignition cylinder (where the key goes in). Gum, a stick, a pencil. Anything to keep the key from going in the ignition
-Open the door and get out (children often overlook the obvious solution)
-For Four Door cars, jump in the backseat and go out the back door
In the trunk-
- If you are being forced into a trunk, open your legs wide, while screaming, to make it as hard as possible for the abductor and to buy some time for help.
-Pull open the panel at the rear of the car and disconnect the taillights. (this increases the odds by 50% that the car will be pulled over by police)
-Do as much damage to the wiring as possible
-Make noise whenever the car stops
Lets all try to keep our children safe :up BTW- These tips work for adults as well.