NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — All across our area, the horrific story of Leiby Kletzky’s murder has many parents on edge.
WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports: Experts Say ‘Stranger Danger’ Can Be Confusing
While Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is emphasizing that the Kletzky case is very rare, it has many parents asking what they can do to keep their children safe.
Parenting coach Tammy Gold says simple things like making sure kids know their address and phone number can help them fend for themselves.
But even more important is knowing when to cause a scene.
“If your child knows how to kick and yell and scream and the number one thing to say is, ‘this is not my parent,'” said Gold.
The idea of “stranger danger” is something many of us learned growing up, but Allen Robinson of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, says the concept could be misleading.
“That is one of the biggest myths about this crime. Children process the term as a stranger is someone very evil or demonic looking,” said Robinson.
He says often abductors looks as innocuous as Mr. Rogers. He instructs children in trouble to seek four safe havens:
- Someone who reminds them of their grandmother
- A pregnant woman
- A woman pushing a stroller
- A woman holding a child’s hand
Children, he says, are able to grasp these concepts around 5-years-old.
For more child safety tips, visit the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children’s website.