SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Police Department has resources available for parents and children concerned about potentially dangerous encounters with strangers.
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Police outlined scenarios for what children should do if a stranger offers them a ride home or candy, or suggests they pet their dog. Police recommend children yell, "no," and run away.
Parents and children can take the San Diego Police Department safety quiz HERE.
The National Crime Prevention Council also has advice for parents.
- Know where your children are at all times. Children should check in with you or ask permission before they go anywhere.
- Point out safe places. Show your children where to play, safe roads, and paths to take.
- Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared, they should get away as fast as they can.
- Teach children to be assertive. Make sure they know it's okay to say no to an adult.
- Encourage children to play with others. There's safety in numbers.