| The song “Scream NO!” was written to draw attention to the serious issue of child abduction. Abduction victims can be any age and any gender. Use this song, the information below and other materials to help your children prevent being an abduction victim.
Most people in the world are good. The problem is you never know who that one bad person may be. Abductors don’t always stand out as scary, unsafe people. They can dress nicely, be friendly, well spoken, any gender, any race and you may already know them. Our best defense against being abducted is being aware, being educated and being reminded about what do and what to look for.
TIPS and FACTS
• Unfortunately the majority of child abductions are not by strangers.
• Abductions can happen anywhere. Some examples are: in your front yard, neighborhood playground, mall or walking home from school. Teach your children to always be aware.
• Families should have a safety password to use when picking up children. Anyone who is picking up your children should know the safety password. Remind your children not to go with someone who doesn’t know the password … even if someone says they forgot it.
• Children should not help unknown adults and adults should never ask children for help. Common questions: “Can you help me find my dog?” “Can you help me bring this inside?” Assure your children that it is ok to NOT help an adult they don’t know.
• Encourage your children to immediately tell a trusted adult if they are approached by someone they don’t know.
• No one should ever approach a stranger’s vehicle. (If giving directions, stand at a safe distance from the vehicle.)
• Always make sure someone knows where your children are and the path they are taking.
• Remind your children to never let people into your home when parents are not there, even if it’s someone they know. They should NEVER open the door.
• Encourage your children to stay with a group when out. Usually there is safety in numbers.
• If someone tries to abduct your child, teach him or her to scream, fight back and run away. Let your child know it’s okay to make a scene so people notice. It is important to scream words like “NO! STRANGER!” or “NO! YOU ARE NOT MY PARENT!” to let people know it is an attempted abduction and not a temper tantrum.