5 skills that keep kids safe

Marc Klass, Presidendt of KlassKids, shares the five most important skills that help to keep children safe from bad strangers
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The Alicia and Her Sister's Story is a very good story and it was one that was told to me by a 12-year-old girl at a town hall meeting in Idaho many years ago. And it goes like this: Alicia and her little sister had told their mom that they wanted to go to the park and play and they, of course, got permission from their mother. When they were in the park, they were approached by a man in a truck on the periphery of the park who asked them to help them find his puppy. Well, the little sister wanted to do it, but Alicia was a little more street-smart than her sister, and she was emphatic and said, "Absolutely not." He then offered them some money to look for the puppy. Alicia took her sister and she said they ran an obstacle course through the park. Knowing that he was in a vehicle, it would be difficult for him to chase them. What he did instead was ride around to the other side of the park and approach them yet one more time. At that point, Alicia went to a house across the street, somebody that she didn't know, and knocked on the door and asked for help. That was the end of the situation. What Alicia did were the five probably most important rules a child can do in a time of threat. She checked with her parents, she was with another person, she trusted her instinct, her instinct told her there was something wrong, she put distance between herself and whatever that was, and she realized that she could go to strangers to help her out of a difficult situation. Alicia and her sister are happy and safe now, and it's because of her good thinking.

Marc Klass, Presidendt of KlassKids, shares the five most important skills that help to keep children safe from bad strangers

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Marc Klaas

President, KlaasKids

In the aftermath of the Oct 1, 1993 kidnapping and murder of his 12-year-old daughter Polly, Marc Klaas gave up his lucrative rental car franchise to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. In announcing the formation of the non-profit KlaasKids Foundation in September, 1994 Mr. Klaas said, “we can give meaning to Polly’s death and create a legacy in her name that will be protective of children for generations to come by pursuing the singular mission of stopping crimes against children.” Through federal and state legislative efforts Mr. Klaas promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. Mr. Klaas travels extensively through the United States facilitating child safety events, encouraging innovative solutions and proven programs that positively impact crime, abuse and neglect that plague children in so many of our communities. He also counsels and advises numerous victim families and families of kidnapped children.

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