The Chatham Township Police Department issued a Nixle Alert Monday afternoon warning that there had been an attempted luring of two teenage girls on Fairview Avenue that afternoon. A few hours later, the police determined that the "entire incident was a misunderstanding."
As parents breathe a sigh of relief, the reality is that we must teach our children how to stay safe when we are not with them. The last thing parents want to think about is a child abduction in the Chatham or Madison area.
Why not let this misunderstanding serve as an important reminder to check in with our kids and talk to them about what they should do if presented with a troublesome situation.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has some helpful tips and useful information for talking to your children; from "speaking openly" with your kids to not teaching "stranger danger" and teaching "your children that safety is more important than manners."
One of the top priorities of parents is protecting our children from harm. The best way to accomplish this is to keep talking to our kids. Parents can teach their children how to avoid a bad situation and how to protect themselves.
To avoid misunderstandings, adults may want to check out: What Should You Do If You See A Child Who Appears To Be Lost?
For more information and resources on child safety and missing children, please see the following:
Chatham and Madison Moms, we have some useful resources to review above but we want hear from you. How are you teaching your kids to stay safe?