When should parents be discussing safety issues with their children?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nancy McBride from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children talks about what might surprise parents about child abduction.

    Host: When should parents be discussing safety issues with their children?

    Nancy McBride: We really should begin talking to your kids about safety when they can start putting words together and that make sense in the sentence if you will. So, you can teach them some basic information like checking first with you as the parent or guardian or being sure that they stay with you when you go out and about. So, some basics safety rules, pretty young.

    But, what I do want to say here to parents and guardians is, do not forget your older kids. A lot of people think when their kids are at the age of 12 or 13, they have done their job, they are finished, those kids, it is going to safe, they know all the rules. keep in mind that those kids need to have the conversations with you just as much as the younger kids, because they are out there, they are making choices, they are making decisions, they want their freedom but sometimes they are not equipped to deal with that freedom. So, you never stop that conversation with your kids about safety.