Top Five Ways for Parents to Protect Children

The likelihood of a child getting abducted is one in 347,000 or .0003 percent, but if it happens to your kid, it's 100 percent. Dr. Phil counts down the five most important things you can do to keep your children safe from predators.

 

5. Prepare Your Children without Fear

You don't want to make your children paranoid, but you must prepare them. Talk about safety openly and without fear. Go over the dos and don'ts with them.

 

Don'ts

"The child has no decision to make, because there are clear nevers," Dr. Phil explains. "That way, they will be cautious, they will be careful to not let someone put them in harm's way."

Dos

 

You need to make sure your children understand that they are loved, and they need to love themselves.

4. Set Up Their World for Safety

"They need to know where things are if they have to make decisions on the spur of the moment," Dr. Phil says.


3. Listen and Look

 

2. Have a Plan

1. Teach Your Children to Self-Protect

Teach your child to recognize danger: who, what and where.

Trust your instincts; if it feels wrong, it probably is wrong. These tips can save your child's life.