GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012 - (Page 3)

safety buzz for grandkids When in doubt, run! The only Good Samaritan is a safe Samaritan By BRendA ZofReA o you know that asking for directions is one of the top five lures used by child predators in attempted abductions? Most victims of kidnappings and non-family abductions involve children between the ages of 10 and 14 and most occur within a quarter mile of the victim’s home; 68 percent involve a suspect driving a vehicle. While we hope that our children will be helpful to those in need, helping adults with directions is NOT something we want our children to do. As springtime approaches and children spend more time outdoors, be sure your grandchildren have heard these words from you: “Never go near anyone you don’t know in a vehicle and never help an adult seeking directions or asking for help of any kind.” Adults should not be asking children for D help—period! What should a child do if they feel they are being followed by someone in a vehicle? Turn the other way and run. Run to the nearest safe place and call 911. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and a good time to remind your grandchildren to always have a buddy with them, especially when walking to and from school or while standing at a bus stop. As the sun goes down, stay in welllit areas, avoid isolated areas and NEVER take shortcuts. If in danger, kick, scream, yell and attract as much attention as possible. Alert law enforcement of any incident even if you got away unharmed. Simple, easyto-learn rules do work, so make sure to have this conversation with your grandchild. Read Let’s B Safe and you can start teaching a child as young as 3 years old this important safety rule. Brenda Zofrea, M.A.Ed., is the author of Let’s B Safe for children 3 and up. Visit for contact information or to purchase Let’s B Safe. 3 Share this article with your friends. MARCH APRIL 2012 GRAND

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

GRAND – Mar/Apr 2012
Grand View
Safety Buzz: When in Doubt, Run!
Readers Write: Hair Balls and Shark Attacks . . .
Table of Contents
Grand Central
10 Things You Can Learn from Your Grandchildren
Blood & Money (book excerpt)
Grandparent Rights: Second Chance
Is a Prenup Right for You?
Ah, Tweet Mystery of Life
Memories of My Grandparents: Gram
Cover Story: Diane Ladd & Robert Charles Hunter
School Readiness: Wide-Eyed & Full of Wonder
Toys ’n Tech: Gadgets Galore!
Healthy Grandparents: Biopsy: Prostate Cancer
Healthy Grandkids: Smoothies
Bloom with Every Season

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

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