The age-old lure of bribery still works. Young children are offered candy and toys;
older children are tempted with sports equipment, compact discs, alcohol and drugs,
or - most effective of all - money. Bribes are used to persuade children to go willingly
with a potential abductor or as a reward for tolerating abuse or keeping it secret.
Explain that a good secret (like a surprise party) is one that is eventually told.
A bad secret is one that makes you feel upset or that you are afraid to tell Bad
secrets should be told to parents immediately.
Teach children that what seems like a gift may be a bribe to lure them into danger.
A sincere gift has no strings attached and should not be kept secret. Parents, be
alert to unexplained gifts. Find out who gave these items: when, where and why?
Remind children that no amount of money or gifts is worth risking their personal