The recent kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in
Do your kids have the tools they need to stay safe?
Carlie was walking home from a slumber party in February when she took a shortcut home through a closed carwash. A carwash video surveillance camera taped Carlie as she was approached by a man, who took her arm and led her away.
Bruce Kuhn, director of the National Missing Children’s
“This information is going to keep these children aware of what’s going on in the streets, what’s out there,” says Kuhn.
Kuhn offered three basic rules that parents should tell their children:
Always step back. If a stranger comes up to you, move away from them. Keep moving back.
Yell and scream. If a stranger tries to grab you, get as much attention as you possibly can.
Don’t be afraid to tell your parents. Tell your child it’s OK to tell you if a stranger tried to kidnap them.
Kuhn advises that parents start teaching safety tips to their children as early as 4 years old. “Sit down and take the time to do it correctly,” he says.
According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) , 58,200 children in the