Host: Should children ever get into a car with any one they do not know or feel comfortable with?
Nancy McBride: Children should never get into a car with anyone they do not know or feel comfortable with and without the permission of their parent or guardian or trusted adult. Lot of times, perpetrators will look for access and opportunity. So, they may approach children with a fairly benign question; can you tell me how to get to a certain place or will you help me do something or that is a great backpack, where did you get it? They are trying to engage your child in conversation, and what we want to make sure kids know, is do not fall for the tricks. You do not have to be polite, you don t have to respond, we don t want you to pay attention to these tricks, because it is a bad idea for you as the child to get close to that vehicle. The closer you get, the more likely it is that the person inside could than get access to you and pull you in to the vehicle. So, kids should not respond, they should never get into a car no matter what the person says. That person may even try to tug on their heart strings and tell them something like, your mom has been in an accident and I have come to take you to the hospital Do not fall for that trick. Nobody would send a complete and total stranger to pick a child up and take them anywhere. You as the child, try to keep your wits about, I know it s scary but teach your kids to go to somebody they know and trust and ask for help in a situation like that rather than getting into the car that with somebody they do not know.