Beyond the Self Defense Tweets:
Taken randomly from my self defense tweets on Twitter. I write super-short blog posts to go Beyond the Tweet, chosen from the archives.
Have a Password with kids. Only people with that password get to pick them up or come in house when you aren’t there.
Beyond the Tweet:
It’s easy for a criminal or predator to play the role of an unknown family friend or authority:
- “Your mom has been in a car accident and taken to the hospital. I’m here to take you to her.”
- “You mom and dad had to leave town early. I’m here to take you home.”
- “Your older sister can’t pick you up today. She sent me instead.”
- “I’m your cousin from Wisconsin. I’m dropping in to surprise your parents.”
An easy defense against this tactic is to have a family password, such as “peanut butter” or “popcorn.” Don’t use these two passwords — pick something easy to remember but personal to the family. Children need to know it is OK to be firm and ask, “What is the password?” People with the correct password will be considered safe.
Passwords must be kept secret! If there’s any doubt about a person, inform kids they must call or have a trusted adult (school teacher or neighbor) call to verify the information for them.
I tweet here @LoriHoeck.
Photo: Mirko Macari