What can I do to help prevent my child from being sexually abused or abducted?
Establish and explain healthy boundaries with your child and explain that people have certain roles. For example, their music teacher teaches them music, and their sports coach teaches sports. It is important to be aware and understand the limits or boundaries of those relationships.

Educate yourself and your children as to the tricks that perpetrators use to lure and / or groom children. Stranger Danger child-prevention education is outdated and does not address the reality that most children have an established relationship with the abuser or abductor. The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children stresses the importance of educating children using clear, calm, reasonable messages about situations and actions to look out for instead of confusing profiles or images of strangers. The Yello Dyno program educates children about tricky people who establish relationships with children or their families for the primary purpose of abusing them.

Incarcerated pedophiles tell us to be suspicious if someone seems more interested in your children than you. One convicted offender said, "parents are so naive. They're worried about strangers and should be worried about their brother-in-law. They just don't realize how devious we can be." Another offender told parents that they should, "Know that we will use any way we can to get to children."

Always monitor your children while they are on the internet and stress the importance of never giving out their name and address.

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1. What are behavioral / physical indicators of sexual abuse?
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3. I recently received a sex offender notification. What should I tell my young child?
4. Is most childhood sexual abuse committed by strangers?
5. What can I do to help prevent my child from being sexually abused or abducted?