By their very nature, emergencies require quick responses. By faking a crisis, predators
trick youngsters into going with them willingly. Children may be approached at home
or on the street, by someone they know well, slightly or not at all. Here are some
" Your mother was in a car accident and has been taken to the hospital! I was
sent to take you to her"
" Your house is on fire! Quick, come with me!"
Explain that emergencies will happen; they are a fact of life. However, a child
must never go with anyone unless an emergency has first been verified. Children
must also never open the door to anyone when home alone.
Prearrange a specific Family Plan of Action in case of emergencies. Who will contact
your child if there really is an emergency? Who can your child call? Where can your