How to always keep your kids safe

Marc Klass, President of Klaas Kids, shares advice for parents on the top child safety tips that can help to always keep your kids safe
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How to always keep your kids safe

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The top child safety tips in my mind are that, number one, children should always check with their parents so that both parent and child knows where the child is at any given time. Number two, children should always be outside with at least one other person, because we all know that there is strength in numbers. Number three, children should trust their instincts – in fact, we should all trust our instincts. If something feels wrong for a child, they should put distance between themselves and whatever it is that’s making them feel badly. And then they should realize that they can always go to a stranger in time of need or in time of threat. They can go to a woman, a mom with kids, other kids, they can go to emergency personnel in uniform. In a retail situation, they can go to a retail clerk or a security guard. And in fact, in the vast majority of cases children that are threatened can go to other men, because most men would do anything they could to help a child. Unfortunately though, men tend to be the problems. And then finally, I think that in this day and age, in the 21st century it makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons for children, even as young as 7 and 8 years old to have their own telephone, so that they can have that constant connection with their parents and so that the GPS qualities of the telephone can be utilized as well.

Marc Klass, President of Klaas Kids, shares advice for parents on the top child safety tips that can help to always keep your kids safe

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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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