Is it okay for children to go into homes in the neighborhood if they are invited in?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nancy McBride from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children talks about whether it is okay for children to go into homes in the neighborhood if they are invited in.

    Host: Is it okay for children to go into homes in the neighborhood, if they are invited in?

    Nancy McBride: It is really not okay for children to go into homes in the neighborhood just because they are invited into those homes. That is where the parents or guardian really needs to step in or that trusted adult, and set the rules and guidelines just because somebody appears to be nice and wants the child to come into the home, does not mean that the child forgets all their safety rules and goes in.

    Children should not approach homes that are not well lit and they should make certain they stay within a safe distance between themselves and the person in the house and that they are with other kids when they approach the home and if they are not that the parent or guardian is standing close by, so the person could see the parent or guardian and know that they are supervising their kids, they are keeping watch on their kids. So it is really up to us, the adults to set the rules for our kids about trick-or-treating and where they can go.