August 2010

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This month we bring you:
  • Helping Your Children Know What To Do
  • Create New Useful Brain Scripts
  • "What If" Game Example
  • Capital One Partners with the Polly Klaas® Foundation



Children need to be constantly encouraged and reminded that they can make good decisions about their own personal safety.

We suggest you teach kids what to do if they get lost or are approached by someone questionable in the same way you teach them how to cross the street.

You can use our "What If…" game to teach your kids abduction prevention. You can teach your children how to:

  • Assess a situation.
  • Decide to seek help.
  • Find a safe person to ask for help.
  • How to ask.
  • How not to be lured away.
  • How to yell, "No!"

The best thing about the "What If…" game is that you can adapt it to your own life situation, and you can play it with children of all ages.

For example, when you walk into a grocery store with your child, you can ask, "What if you couldn't find me, who would you ask for help?"



Going through the exercise of actually choosing the right person to ask for help is an excellent way to establish brain patterns that can kick in if they are ever needed.

Scientific research shows that our brains work by pattern recognition. When an extremely frightening situation happens, human brains sort through their database for a "script" of actions taken previously. The brain that has more "scripts" can respond more quickly than a brain that has to process never practiced information.

That's why schools hold fire drills. Each time the kids get out of the building in a safe orderly fashion during a fire drill, their brains remember what they did and why. Actually going through fire drill practice is much more effective than only being told where the exits are and what to do in case of an emergency.

The "What If…" game is a way to teach safety to your child and create useful "brain scripts," in case an emergency happens.




Here is a sample “What if” game you might play with your child.

  • You say to your child: “What if we were out at the store and you looked around and you couldn’t see me? Who would you go to for help?
  • Your child might answer: “A policeman.”
  • “That’s right, you could go to a policeman. But if you didn’t see a policeman nearby, could you go to the cashier?”
  • “And if you didn’t see a cashier, could you go to a mom with kids? Sure you could.”
  • “And what could you say to ask for help?”  Some kids won’t say, “I’m lost,” but will say, “My mom (dad) is lost.” Either is fine.
  • “Okay, so you’ve asked someone for help. Now you need to stay there and wait until I come and get you. Can you do that?”
  • What if someone tried to make you go with him? What could you do then?
  • That’s right! Yell and scream. Yell “No, you're not my dad (mom)! Can you do that? Let’s practice together.

Our free Child Safety Kit has many more examples.


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Our free Child Safety Kit is sub-titled "How to teach abduction prevention without scaring your child (or yourself)" and includes 24 pages of guidance for parents.

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