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The common tricks: How to beat child abduction tactics

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Are you familiar with the news show segments testing children’s safety knowledge?

They often feature “strangers” trying to lure children with offers of ice cream, modeling contracts, or other goodies. Too many times, these tricks are successful. In these scenarios, even children who know better often ignore their safety rules. Would-be abductors count on this. They know that while many children are taught to avoid strangers, they may not be taught to recognize abduction tactics.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has noted the use of more than 100 of these tactics.[1] Below are some examples. Review them with your children and practice a response. The more children practice, the better prepared they will be in a real situation.

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