The Neighbor Watch: Protecting Kids against Sex OffendersTerohan Nula February 3, 2014 0 COMMENTS
The greatest risk to children surprisingly comes from the neighborhood. With the increasing rate of sex offenders in Kentucky, you must know how to protect your kids from potential dangers. You might think you live in a safe neighborhood, but no matter where you go there are predators roaming around.
Inform Your Kids about the Risks of Trusting Strangers
Child molestation normally begins with gaining a child’s trust and friendship. The predator starts by testing the kids’ ability to protect themselves by telling sexual jokes or engaging in horseplay and back rubs. If the kid appears curious and comfortable, the predator will increase the type and amount of touching, including masturbation, exposing, oral sex, pornography, and intercourse.
Set Strict Procedures
Have strict procedures on things, such as what time do they need to be home after school and where to go after sports training. Create a map of your neighborhood so your kids know where to go if they’re feeling uncomfortable. Point out safe houses, fire stations or a trusted neighbor’s home. Let them know where to run in case of emergency.
Be a Watchdog in Your Area
Know where child molesters and registered sex offenders are within Kentucky or other places. Fortunately, there are resources online that will give you this information. You just have to type in your address or city and the online resource will give you a map pinpointing the offenders living near you. This is especially helpful if you’ve just moved to a new town or neighborhood.
Train Them to Fight Back
Many rape defense programs train children age five to twelve the defense skills against abduction. Before enrolling them in a program, explain that they’ll probably never have to use the defense techniques, but you want them to know these things to help them feel safer.
You taught your kids to watch for traffic before crossing, always put on their seat belt, and lock the doors when they’re home alone. It’s time to extend that vigilance to frank discussions about the possible dangers on the streets and the dangers of trusting strangers. Tell them to approach you when they’re confused or worried about having interactions with anyone from your neighborhood.