Just some tips for parents with little ones.
You can keep your little one safe with these tips:
⚫Don’t put her name on her clothing or a backpack. If you have to mark her clothes for school, rather label it on the inside where it is not easily visible to strangers. Children often trust adults who know their name.
⚫Teach your little one not to just scream when a stranger takes her, but to scream help or something similar. Toddlers often scream in shopping centres even when their parents are picking them up.
⚫Teach your child not to accept gifts or sweets from strangers. They should always check with you first.
⚫If your child is old enough, teach her your name, surname and telephone number. Even your name and surname will help if she gets lost in a shopping centre. That way, she’ll be able to tell security who her parents are.
⚫Never leave your child unsupervised – not even in the play area of a restaurant. Always make sure you have eyes on her at all times.
⚫Never ask a stranger to hold your baby, not even for a second.
⚫Never leave your child alone in a car or in a stroller – not even for a minute while you turn your back to look at an item behind you.
⚫Make sure your little one knows whose car she can get into and that she should scream and run away if a stranger tries to force her into a car.
⚫If you’ve arranged for someone else to pick your child up from daycare or preschool, discuss this arrangements with your child and the teacher.