Keeping your kids safe when they're out of your sight is a major concern for every parent. But teaching your child specific street-savvy skills may be the best way to protect her from predators. Here are the key things every parent needs to know.
A child goes missing every 40 seconds, but the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that only around 115 children per year nationwide are kidnapped by strangers and not returned to their families. Most missing children are taken by a noncustodial family member. "Your child has a greater risk of choking on a hot dog or drowning than being kidnapped by a stranger," reassures Adam Strauss, MD, a pediatrician and father of four. Nonetheless, losing our children is something many of us keep tucked in the "worst nightmare" file of our brain.