The offer of a job or errand may be just a trick to abuse or abduct a youngster.
Even college students are attracted by the promise of high paying, interesting or
fun jobs. Phony interviews are often scheduled in secluded locations or advertised
with only a post office box.
Explain to your child the importance of getting parental permission before agreeing
to perform any chore or job, including yard work, light construction, or helping
The safest employment is with known and established businesses. Accompany older
youngsters on job interviews and obtain details on the employer, location, and hours
to be worked. Potential babysitting clients should have references. Use them and
check in periodically with your child.
Extra caution should be taken when selling or collecting door-to-door. Youngsters
should never enter someone's home unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.