Early Tuesday morning a sixth grader in Clarkston, Georgia, was nearly abducted while waiting at her neighborhood school bus stop. The 11Alive Help Desk wants parents and guardians to know that having a discussion with children on basic safety skills could potentially save their lives.
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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urges parents to create safe places within your neighborhood where children can quickly escape to if they feel they are in danger.
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Teach children to yell and scream loudly and draw attention to themselves if grabbed by a stranger. Kicking, pulling away, and resisting could be the difference in an abduction and an attempted abduction.
Practice these safety skills with children so they know how to use them in real-life situations. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children suggests that explaining these rules to your children will better help them identify potentially harmful and dangerous situations.