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Protecting Kids From Abduction

   The latest child abduction case raises the question what parents can do to protect their kids from child predators? 
   They say the most important thing you can do is really very obvious. Keep an eye on your kids. Don't let them out of your sight.. not for a second.
   It's also a good idea to take kids to a public place, when you're teaching them skills to protect themselves. There are things you can teach there, that you can't teach at home. Experiences like, using a pay phone or conducting themselves in a rest room.
   Parents can show their children where and to whom to go to for help, such as to a police officer... or how to identify adults who can help them if they're in a jam. 
   You can also teach them how to recognize potentially dangerous people. Experts say the best thing to do is always watch over your kids. It's also a good idea to bring kids to public places, like a park or mall, where you can teach them how to protect themselves. Those experiences give parents a chance to show children where to go for help, and how to recognize potentially dangerous people.   
   It's also beneficial to teach them how to use pay-phones and make emergency phone calls.  "Children do need to interact with the adult world,"said psychologist Wilson Renfroe.
   "But I think that has to be supervised. I really think that parents or adult figures in their life need to be involved in supervising young children, because they are so vulnerable, and they don't understand the way adults think.
   "The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers the following advise to parents: Never leave children unattended in an automobile, get involved in their activities, notice when someone shows them special attention, and teach them to say "no." 
   According to the Nation's Missing Children Organization, girls between the ages of 11 and 14 are targeted more often. And most of those kidnapped are taken from the street.
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