A video published recently illustrates how easy it is for a stranger (with a puppy) to lure children away from their parents at a playground. It’s been viewed nearly 4 million times and is a good warning to be alert to danger and to emphasize to your children what they need to do to stay safe.
Children depend on adults for everything, from what they eat and where they sleep to comfort and entertainment. Young children don’t know enough to tell the difference between an adult who is just being friendly and who would hurt them. Keep an eye on your children at all times, as it takes just a short distraction to give a predator opportunity. Child Find of America notes that “most abductions occur within a few blocks of the victim’s home – even their own front yard – when the child is left alone and unsupervised. See the website for prevention tips.
You can also find out information from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.