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Child Safety: Preventing Child Abduction

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Many parents are concerned about child abduction by strangers. Although this is a legitimate concern, keep in mind that stranger abduction is rare. Family members or acquaintances are responsible for most child abductions. Train your child to be aware of his or her surroundings, how to identify a threat, and how to react. When children reach age 3, they can begin to understand some of these basic concepts.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recommends teaching your child the following tips to help prevent abduction:

If your child is lost or missing, being able to provide information quickly to the authorities will save them valuable time in searching for your child:


Credits for Child Safety: Preventing Child Abduction

Current as of: May 27, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine


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