Protecting kids from abduction

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Statistically, the good news is that stranger abductions are decreasing. Over the last ten years, significantly decreased. We still have to tell our kids how to be in the world when we are not with them. For example, if they are out riding bikes or walking to and from school, simple things like, "Safe grownups don't ask you for help." If anybody asks you to do anything, whether it's a lost pet or help carrying a package for them, carry something to their car. The simple answer is, "Sorry, can't help you." Cut that conversation and get away fast. The next thing you can tell kids, no matter how nice somebody seems, don't get in the car with them, don't take anything from them, don't walk off with them. A stranger is not going to appear scary. A stranger is going to look friendly and charming. That's what tricks kids into going with them. Tell your kids, don't walk off with anyone or get in a car with someone they just met; no matter how nice they seem.

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Pattie Fitzgerald

Child Safety Expert

Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of Safely Ever After, Inc., and is recognized as a leading expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse prevention education, child abduction prevention, and Internet Safety education.  She is certified as a Child Safety Educator and Child Visitation Monitor, and has worked tirelessly as children’s advocate for over ten years.  As a former preschool teacher, Pattie blends her expertise as an educator and, more importantly as a mom, to teach parents and kids everywhere the most effective, up-to-date safety strategies without using fear tactics.   

Admired for her positive approach and warm, compassionate style, Pattie is also the author of the newly released children’s book, No Trespassing – This Is MY Body which parents and children are embracing across the country.  Pattie’s programs and curriculum have been implemented in public and private schools throughout the United States and have been also been utilized by The Santa Monica Police School Resource Department as well as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department through their MERIT Program.   

Prior to the inception of Safely Ever After, Inc., Pattie worked as the Community Outreach Educator for the national child advocacy agency, Parents For Megan’s Law.  Her published work has appeared in national newspapers, parenting magazines, and trade journals throughout the country, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, KCBS, KABC and KNBC news as well as countless national radio programs.

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