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Pools are places children need to be aware of their surroundings.
Pools are places children need to be aware of their surroundings.
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It is summer and everyone is relaxed and having fun. It is more difficult to think about dangerous situations. Despite the great times, parents must be reminded of the dangers that surround children everyday and especially, on vacations. The percentages are higher for the children to be in areas with many strangers. These areas include: parks, beaches, hotels, movie theaters, pools, restaurants, boardwalks, malls, stores, and more.

Would your child know what to do in situation where a stranger approaches them? Have they been taught how to protect themselves? Teaching children how to protect themselves is just like teaching them math, science, or how to ride a bike. It must be taught. This is a different less though. Are you afraid to have such a discussion with your children? If so, this is a fear that must be fought.

It is vital to teach children how to avoid being kidnapped or molested. Parents worry about discussing certain topics with their children. Avoiding these conversations can be putting children at a higher risk. There are ways to discuss these topics and teach your children how to protect themselves without terrifying them. Find a qualified individual such as a police officer or guidance counselor to have this discussion if you cannot. Either way, it must be done. Here are some tips to help you with your discussion:

1. Make sure you use age appropriate words for your children. Careful selection of words will not scare your children.

2. Do not make them think all people are dangerous because in general, most people are good.

3. It is never too late to get help.

4. Teach them how to be aware of their surroundings.

5. Do not fear your children are too young for the discussion. Remember the saying: "Knowledge is power."

Summer vacation can be exciting and somewhat less worrisome knowing your children will know what to do if a stranger approaches them.

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