Keeping your children safe is every parents top priority, but it’s often difficult to keep your eyes on your child’s every move and ease your mind from all the potential dangers that could creep up on them – especially when it comes to strangers – luckily, these child experts have revealed the best ways to keep your child safe.
After Sammy Green, 10, escaped a potential kidnapper in Pennsylvania, by asking a cashier to ‘act like his mom’ – parents began searching for more tools to help keep their child safe.
Now, US-based child safety experts are issuing grave warnings about the eerie people and situations that could threaten their children’s lives – while also offering up advice on how to ensure your kid remains as safe as possible.
From never apologizing to strangers to keeping a friend at your side to learning the tricks used by predators, the safety experts have revealed the lessons every parent should be teaching their child to keep them out from harm’s way.
Keeping your children safe is every parents top priority, but it’s often difficult to keep them away from potential dangers that could creep up on them
After Sammy Green, 10, from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, thwarted a possible kidnapping on Friday thanks to his quick thinking
The fourth grader was walking home from school when a stranger started following him. The woman offered to buy him food and claimed to know his family
Avoid danger! The tips to help you keep your children safe
- Teach them about the buddy system and always have a friend or an adult accompany them
- Teach them to never help an adult and learn to not be ‘the hero’
- Pay attention to who takes care of your child when you aren’t there
- Don’t take your eyes off your child in public
- Put GPS trackers on them
- Keep weapons with you such as pepper spray or a firearm – if comfortable – in case of an emergency
- Talk to them about the dangers that can creep up on them
When child safety expert and pediatrician Dr. Free N. Hess shared a video of a convicted child predator sharing the tricks that he used to lure children, the pediatrician issued a chilling, yet serious warning to parents.
Captioning the video, ‘Confessions of a child predator, identifying targets and grooming,’ Dr. Hess shared that by ‘knowing what predators look for and how they work can arm you with the knowledge you need to keep your kid safer’.
The video shows convicted child predator Jack Reynolds who spent over 12 years in prison for molesting children in the 1980s.
Reynolds – who claims he has over 300 victims – said he participated in the interview because he was afraid social media is giving predators more tools to harm children.
When the interviewer questioned how Reynolds was able to ‘get [children] alone’, he responded: ‘Grooming. I would check out their family situation, I would check out their clothing to see how well they were financially, I would check out their social interactions with other kids.
‘If I thought the child had friends that they would tell, I would not approach him,’ Reynolds said. ‘If I thought the father was a threat, I would not approach the child. A mother that’s having problems with the family, well, here comes the super hero to help out.’
While difficult to hear, the video sheds light on the reality of dangers for children.
It emphasizes that parents should pay close attention to those who are frequently around their child and should teach their child the importance of the buddy system – which encourages children to never go anywhere alone.
Another child safety expert echoed the advice of Dr. Hess and emphasized that we live in a world where parents teach their children to be kind, and while kindness is important, parents should be teaching them that adults never need help from a child.
A child safety expert who goes by Coach Em on TikTok shared that most child crimes occur when the child is attempting to be kind.
Dr. Free N. Hess shared a video of a convicted child predator sharing the tricks that he used to lure children, the pediatrician issued a chilling, yet serious warning to parents
A self defense expert who frequently shares tips on his TikTok account, gave parents five tips to help keep their children safe – including paying attention to who is around your kids
A child safety expert who goes by Coach Em on TikTok shared that most child crimes occur when the child is attempting to be kind
‘For many women and children who were lured into situations of human trafficking or who were lured away to be victimized or killed by serial killers or serial rapists, the one thing that they had in common was a desire to be helpful.
‘So my tip is don’t be helpful. A lot of people think that small children who are lured away were lured away with the promises of cookies, candy and ice cream, but a lot of them were actually lured away by these kidnappers because that person asked them for help.
“Hey can you help me find my bike? Hey my puppy has run off, can you help me find him?”
‘And for anyone that did survive those circumstances, they all said that they felt uneasy, but they didn’t want to be helpful.
‘If you are a child, understand that no grown man is going to ask you for help. You don’t have to be the hero, be unhelpful, be the most dense person possible.’
She added that if a stranger bumps into your children, they should never apologize because it will make them appear like an ‘easy target’.
In addition to being ‘unhelpful’, a self defense expert who frequently shares tips on his TikTok account, gave parents five tips to help keep their children safe.
His first tip was to pay attention to who ‘watches’ or cares for your child when you aren’t around.
This means paying attention to their ‘daycare, babysitter, the baby sitter’s boyfriend, their brother, all that kind of stuff.
‘Pay attention to who watches your kid, this is the number one most important thing, especially before your kids can speak.’
The self defense and child safety expert explained that parents should place GPS trackers on their children and keep weapons with them
Lastly, the self defense and child safety expert said parents shouldn’t try to hide the realities of the potential dangers that could creep up on them
The second tip the self defense and child safety expert issued was to never take your eyes off your children in public because it could lead to life-threatening situations.
‘Don’t be talking to your friends, while [your child] is running around at the park because it takes one second for someone to grab them.’
While it may seem extreme, the expert’s third tip advised parents that they should install GPS trackers somewhere on their child.
‘There’s little small GPS trackers you can tie into their shoelaces, you can put them in their backpacks, you can put them on their clothing.’
The fourth tip emphasized ways to respond in case your child were to find themselves in a dire situation.
‘Number four, be physically fit and know how to protect your child or at least have self defense tools like firearms or pepper spray or whatever you’re comfortable with to protect your children.’
Lastly, the self defense and child safety expert said parents shouldn’t try to hide them from the realities of the potential dangers that could creep up on them.
‘As soon as they’re old enough to comprehend and speak, talk to them about things like strangers and not letting somebody touch you and make sure that you’re their friend and you tell them the truth so that they always come to you if there’s ever a problem.’